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Divis Tower death: Murder investigation launched after James Hughes found dead

Published 07/11/2016

Police officers at the scene of a murder in the Divis Flats area of West Belfast on November 6th 2016 in Lisburn , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police officers at the scene of a murder in the Divis Flats area of West Belfast on November 6th 2016 in Lisburn , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Police are treating the death of a 62-year-old man in west Belfast at the weekend as murder.

The victim was James Hughes from Divis Tower. Mr Hughes was found in his flat on the 14th floor by police after the alarm was raised on Sunday night by a member of the public.

A 42-year-old man arrested yesterday remains in custody and is being questioned at Musgrave police station.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes, from Serious Crime Branch, said: "We are not in a position to confirm a cause of death until a post mortem examination has taken place but we are following a definite line of enquiry.

"Although we have a suspect in custody and residents in Divis Tower have been very helpful in providing information as part of our enquiries, we are still appealing for assistance.

"I would ask anyone who was on the 14th, 15th or 16th floors of Divis Tower and heard anything suspicious between the evening of Saturday 5 November and yesterday evening to contact detectives at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency number 101.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Sinn Fein West Belfast Assembly member Fra McCann said: "The local community is in shock following the death of a man in Divis Tower.

"Divis Tower is a tight-knit community and this will be felt by those who live there."

He added: "I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to bring that information to the PSNI.

"Our thought and prayers will be with the victim's family and friends at this time."

Forensics at the scene at Divis Tower in west Belfast.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Forensics at the scene at Divis Tower in west Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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