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Dead man was ‘a decent fella’

by Chris McCann

Published 23/09/2010

A homeless man who was found dead in a south Belfast alleyway last Friday has been described as being “no trouble” and a “decent fella”.

David McBratney, known as ‘Murph’ was found lying at Bains Place, close to Blackstaff Square on Friday night, September 17. He died at the scene.

The 46-year-old is understood to have been staying in the Springfield Road area of west Belfast and was a former boxer.

People working in restaurants and bars in the area, have been left shocked by the death.

Abbus Kataya, owner of the Byblos Lebanese Cuisine, next to the alleyway, said: “Murph was a familiar face in this area. He was no trouble whatsoever, he didn’t bother anyone. He just came here to have a drink.”

Taxi driver Bill Welsh, who operates in the area, added: “He was a decent fella. He would talk away to the drivers here, and was very sociable. He was a civil guy.”

Belfast Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that Jeffrey Stanley, 39, was allegedly asked by the dead man to administer heroin.

Mr Stanley, of Clarawood House, Clara Way, Belfast, has been charged with manslaughter.

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