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Dessie Mee death probe officers get extra time to question three suspects

Three arrested as family rocked by second tragedy inside a few weeks

By Angela Rainey

Published 28/07/2016

Dessie Mee
Dessie Mee
Police at the scene in Regent Street, Newtownards, of what they have described as the suspicious death of Dessie Mee

A family have been rocked by a second tragedy after a father died when he plunged from a window just weeks after his daughter passed away.

Residents at Miller House on Regent Street, Newtownards, where Dessie Mee (45) died on Tuesday night, said he had been upset over the death of his only child Melissa Johnston.

Mother-of-two Melissa (26) lost her battle with cervical cancer three weeks ago, leaving her family grief-stricken.

Police are trying to establish the facts surrounding Mr Mee's death and yesterday remained at the scene of the third floor flat and the courtyard where he was found.

They are treating the death as suspicious and a post mortem is to take place on Thursday.

Neighbours say Mr Mee from Blenheim Drive in the Glen Estate in Newtownards had been visiting friends at the 87-flat complex around 7.50pm.

He died from his injuries a short time later in hospital.

Three people - two males aged 35 and 42 years old and a 29-year-old female - have been arrested and are helping police with their inquiries.

On Thursday police were granted an additional 36 hours to question the suspects.

Neighbour Louise Crossan lives on the same floor that Mr Mee had been on moments before his death. She said that residents were shocked by the news.

"I heard the second ambulance arrive," she said.

"I looked out and saw a guy lying in the street.

"It has just stunned everyone."

One young mother at the social housing block said she was terrified.

"Me and the kids were just sitting watching the TV and the next thing I heard was shouting.

"I looked out and could hear the neighbours shouting up to the top floor and there was a man's body lying on the ground. People were rushing over to him.

"I didn't know what to think so I closed the blinds so the kids didn't go near the window. I wouldn't want them remembering a sight like that for the rest of their lives."

Police are now appealing for witnesses to help piece together his last known movements.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "Mr Mee was found outside Millers House apartment block in Regent Street shortly before 7.50pm last night. He had been in an apartment immediately beforehand.

"We are appealing for information about Mr Mee's movements last night and in the last few days. We are also appealing for information about activity in and around apartment number 25 at Millers House last night between 6pm and 8.30pm.

"Three people remain in custody, a 29-year-old woman and two men aged 35 and 42. A post -mortem examination will take place in due course.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about Mr Mee's death or activity at the apartment to contact detectives at Newtownards police station."

Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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