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Five teenagers arrested in Christopher Meli murder probe

Five more teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a young father in Belfast.

Christopher Meli, 20, was beaten to death on a pathway in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast at the weekend.

Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended with the father-of-one's murder on grassland known as Doc's Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Three male teenagers - two aged 18 and one 16 - were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Tuesday charged with the murder.

On Tuesday night police arrested five more teenagers - three female and two male - for questioning over the killing.

Two other males detained on Sunday - aged 18 and 17 - were released on police bail on Tuesday.

Hundreds of people supported Mr Meli's family at a candlelit vigil in Belfast's Springfield Road on Monday evening.

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