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Christopher Meli murder: Police revisit crime scene

Published 21/12/2015

Christopher Meli was beaten around the head in grassland in the Twinbrook area of Belfast (PSNI/PA)
Christopher Meli was beaten around the head in grassland in the Twinbrook area of Belfast (PSNI/PA)

Detectives investigating the murder of a young father in west Belfast have revisited the crime scene.

Christopher Meli, 20, was beaten to death on a pathway in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast during the early hours of December 12.

It is believed 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.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell, who is leading the investigation, said he had been subjected to a sustained and vicious assault.

His death had caused devastation to his family and shocked the wider community, the officer added.

Mr Campbell said: "Whilst a number of persons have presented themselves to police, and have been interviewed, about their involvement in the murder of Christopher Meli, there are others who have not yet taken this course of action and I would urge you to make contact with police."

As part of the investigation officers will be speaking to pedestrians and motorists in the Stewartstown Road, Glasvey Close and Glasvey Drive areas. They will also be distributing leaflets urging anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Campbell added: "If you have any information, please speak to police today."

Three male teenagers - two aged 18 and one 16 - were remanded in custody charged with Mr Meli's murder following an appearance at Lisburn Magistrates' Court last week.

A number of other teenage boys and girls have also been arrested and questioned about the attack in recent days.

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