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Christopher Meli murder: Funeral details announced for father beaten to death in west Belfast

Published 18/12/2015

Christoper Meli, 21, died in the incident in west Belfast at the weekend (PSNI/PA Wire)
Christoper Meli, 21, died in the incident in west Belfast at the weekend (PSNI/PA Wire)

The funeral details for Christopher Meli, the teenager beaten to death in an attack in the Twinbrook area of Belfast, have been announced.

The 20-year-old was battered to death on a pathway by a gang of around 20 people at the weekend.

The murder provoked wide-spread revulsion in the tight-knit west Belfast community.

The father-of-one, known to his friends as Cricky, will make the final journey from his home to the Church of the Annunciation before burial at the City Cemetery on Monday.

Meanwhile, police have released three teenagers who were arrested as part of the murder investigation.

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Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended with the father-of-one's murder on grassland known locally as Doc's Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said two girls aged 16 and 17 and a boy aged 17 had been released on bail pending further inquiries.

They were among five suspects arrested on Tuesday, hours after three male teenagers, two aged 18 and one 16, were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

Two others were released on Thursday morning.

Two males aged 18 and 17, who were detained on Sunday were also released on police bail earlier this week.

Hundreds of people supported Mr Meli's family during a candlelit vigil in Belfast's Springfield Road on Monday evening.

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