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Death of man in west Belfast flat is probed by police

By Chris Kilpatrick

Neighbours of a young man found dead in an apartment block in Belfast have told of their horror at discovering his lifeless body when one went to complain about noise.

Detectives have launched an investigation into the death of the 31-year-old at a flat in St Mary's Gardens in west Belfast.

The man was named locally as Sean Corrigan.

The probe into his death was launched following a post-mortem examination.

Residents yesterday spoke of their shock at news of the sudden death.

Mr Corrigan was said to have moved into the apartment block in recent months.

A neighbour found his body early on Saturday after she had gone to his door to complain about noise hours earlier.

"My friend is in an awful state over it," a resident told the Belfast Telegraph.

"She had heard a lot of banging in the middle of the night and thought there must have been a party on.

"She went up to the flat the next morning to ask the fella to keep the noise down in future."

A key had been left in the door and when the woman let herself in she found the man lying on a floor in the flat. She said he was in a bad way and called an ambulance straight away," the neighbour added.

"She only found out yesterday he was dead.

"She's really badly shaken over it."

The neighbour said she did not know Mr Corrigan by name but had spoken to him a number of times in communal areas when entering or leaving the apartment block.

The area remained cordoned off throughout yesterday with police at the scene.

Mr Corrigan's body was found in the flat in the secured block of apartments in the Beechmount area.

The PSNI yesterday urged anybody with information to contact them, particularly anyone who was in the area between 1am and lunchtime on Saturday.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: "A post-mortem examination has now been carried out and the results have indicated that this man may have died in suspicious circumstances.

"Accordingly, my officers are now carrying out a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death and I am seeking the assistance of the public to help us with our enquiries."

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