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Kyle Neil murder: Man and woman arrested were known to the victim of 'frenzied' knife attack in Comber

The victim's body was left in the boot of a Ford Fiesta

By Rebecca Black and Ricky Thompson

Published 13/04/2015

Two people arrested on suspicion of the murder of Kyle Neil were known to the victim, police have said.

Mr Neil from north Belfast, died following a "frenzied" knife attack in Comber before his remains were bundled into the back of a car and driven to Belfast.

Kyle Neil
Kyle Neil

It is understood a party had been under way at an address on Mill Street in the early hours of Sunday morning when the incident took place.

Following the attack, the 23-year-old's body was put into the boot of a blue Ford Fiesta car.

This was found abandoned on Windsor Road in south Belfast at 7.30am yesterday after a member of the public contacted police.

A 25 year old woman and a 26 year old man who were arrested at Windsor Road yesterday morning remain in custody.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Mr Neil, a young father, is originally from the Ballysillan area of Belfast.

The former landscape gardener leaves behind a three-year-old girl.

Police set up crime scenes both at Mill Street in Comber and on Windsor Road in south Belfast yesterday.

Police forensics officers examine the car in which the body of a man was discovered in Windsor Road, south Belfast, yesterday
Police forensics officers examine the car in which the body of a man was discovered in Windsor Road, south Belfast, yesterday

Crime Scene Investigators appeared to be examining both an address and a garage in Mill Street.

At the Belfast scene, a tent was erected around the Ford Fiesta car.

The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector John McVea, said: “Kyle and the persons arrested were known to each other.

Officers searching surrounding area of Mill road in Comber
Officers searching surrounding area of Mill road in Comber

"We are following a number of definite lines of enquiry. A post mortem examination is due to take place but I can confirm that Mr Neil had been stabbed.

“I am appealing for information about Mr Neil’s movements on Saturday and the movements of the blue Ford Fiesta car in which his body was found.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Neil, who was from north Belfast, at any time on Saturday during the day or that evening when he was in Comber.

Forensic officers at Church Gate studios in Comber
Forensic officers at Church Gate studios in Comber

“I also want to speak to anyone who saw the blue Ford Fiesta car, registration number HJZ 2135, between the hours of 2am and 7am on Sunday morning in the Comber area, possibly at the Island Hill tourist amenity car park on the shore of Strangford Lough between Comber and Newtownards and anywhere between Comber and Windsor Road which is off the Lisburn Road in south Belfast.

“An incident room has been set up in Newtownards police station and I would appeal to anyone who can help with our appeal points or who has information which they think is relevant to contact us on 028 9180 1507."

Alternatively, people who do not wish to provide their details can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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