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Dad charged with horrific murder of his ‘loveable’ son

The father of a man who was stabbed to death in a “frenzied attack” will appear in court today charged with murdering his son.

Kevin Fletcher’s blood-spattered body was found on the sofa of his Armagh flat – in the shadow of the city’s Church of Ireland cathedral – by his parents and girlfriend.

Last night police charged his father, also called Kevin Fletcher, with his murder.

The 60-year-old is due to appear before Newry Magistrates Court this morning.

He had been arrested in the city on Wednesday morning by officers from the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch.

Last night a family member said they believed Kevin senior was innocent and said the murder charge “added to our grief”.

The victim, known to his family as Kevin Og, was found at his Castle Street flat two weeks ago, on September 3.

Police said Kevin, who had mental health problems, had been subjected to a “frenzied attack”.

The 32-year-old was at a local bingo hall with his mother, Frances Fletcher, the night before he was found dead.

Last Friday Kevin senior had appeared on television to appeal for information about his son’s murder.

“I didn't know what to do. I was just absolutely numb,” he said when asked about the moment he found the body.

“I'd never seen anything like that before. I've seen dead bodies, but have never seen a horrendous death like that.”

Mr Fletcher said he could not understand why his son was murdered.

“Kevin was a loveable lad — although he didn't have many male friends as he was a bit of a loner,” he added.

At a police appeal last Friday, the senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness, said Kevin was a vulnerable man.

“This was a frenzied attack on a man who lived alone and was unable to defend himself against someone who was intent on causing utterly horrific injuries,” he had said.

“I have no doubt that this attack on Kevin was unprovoked.”

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