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CS spray arrest victim Gerard McMahon suffered range of injuries, post mortem reveals

By Jonny Bell

Published 20/09/2016

Gerard McMahon
Gerard McMahon
Family and friends of Gerard McMahon help carry his coffin at the funeral in Belfast yesterday
Family and friends of Gerard McMahon help carry his coffin at the funeral in Belfast yesterday
Family and friends of Gerard McMahon help carry his coffin at the funeral in Belfast yesterday

A man who died after police used CS spray during his arrest in Belfast city centre suffered a "range of injuries" a post mortem examination found.

Gerard McMahon (36) died after a "violent incident" on Great Victoria Street in the early hours of Thursday, September 8.

Police were called to the scene after reports that a man had become involved in an altercation with taxi drivers.

According to investigators, Mr McMahon spent more than two-and-a-half hours walking through the centre of the city before arriving at a taxi rank at around 5am.

An officer used CS gas as police struggled with Mr McMahon during an attempt to arrest him.

His condition quickly deteriorated and police administered first aid until an ambulance arrived at the scene.

Paramedics used a defibrillator, but they were unable to save Mr McMahon, who died in hospital. No weapons were recovered from the area.

Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered to pay their respects at his funeral at St Matthew's Church in Bryson Street the following week.

Mr McMahon, who was from the Short Strand area of the city, was known to his friends as DJ Mako.

The Police Ombudsman is investigating the conduct of those officers involved in the arrest.

A spokesman said: "The Police Ombudsman’s Office has received the principal findings of the post mortem examination, which show that Gerard suffered a range of injuries. The results of other examinations are awaited.

"How Gerard sustained his injuries will form part of the Police Ombudsman’s ongoing enquiries.”

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