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Funeral held for Gerard McMahon who died after CS spray arrest in Belfast

Published 15/09/2016

Family and friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday.
Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and Friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and Friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and Friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast on Thursday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Gerard McMahon
Forensics officers on Great Victoria Street, Belfast, where Gerard McMahon was involved in a ‘violent’ incident that required the use of CS spray

The funeral has taken place of a man who died after police used CS spray during his arrest in Belfast city centre.

Gerard McMahon passed away in hospital on Thursday after police attempted to restrain him during a "violent" incident.

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Officers used CS spray during the incident but it is not yet known if it contributed to Mr McMahon's death.

His heartbroken parents, Gerard and Ella, called for a "thorough and swift investigation" into his death by the Police Ombudsman.

They said: "Our family are grieving for our son and brother, Gerard, and are calling on the Police Ombudsman's office to carry out a thorough and swift investigation into the circumstances of his death," they said.

The Belfast was allegedly involved in an altercation with a number of taxi drivers on Great Victoria Street at around 5am when police attempted to arrest him.

CS spray was used by an officer during a struggle with Mr McMahon.

He then became ill. Officers administered first aid at the scene until paramedics arrived.

The Police Ombudsman has used security camera footage in a bid to find out Mr McMahon's movements.

Investigators have renewed their appeal for anyone who saw what happened during that incident to contact them.

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