Belfast Telegraph

Man held after knife killing in quiet Fermanagh village

By Adrian Rutherford

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man was stabbed in Co Fermanagh.

The victim, named locally as David Johnston, who was 32, was killed in an attack at Florencecourt.

A PSNI spokesman said that a 33-year-old man had been arrested and was last night in custody helping police officers with their inquiries.

“Detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch investigating the death of a 32-year-old man in the Kinawley Road area of Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh, who died as a result of stab wounds, have now launched a murder inquiry,” he said.

“A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in custody helping police with their inquiries.

“There are no further details at this time.”

It is understood that the accused was known to the victim of the incident.

It is believed that Mr Johnston was killed at a location close to Killesher Chapel on the outskirts of Florencecourt — a small village about eight miles west of Enniskillen.

According to one source, Mr Johnston was stabbed following a drunken altercation.

Forensic experts in protective clothing searched the scene throughout the day.

A house near to the chapel was sealed off, while investigations also focused on an isolated lane nearby.

Ulster Unionist Party councillor Alex Baird said that his sympathies were with Mr Johnston’s family.

“This is a tragic incident and there is a very sad family in this area today. My condolences go out to them,” he said.

“This is a rural and peaceful area and it is very rare for violent crime to occur here.”

Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan said that the violent death had caused widespread shock.

“This is shocking news which has stunned the entire community,” the Sinn Fein politician said.

“A life has been lost in what seems to be very tragic circumstances.

“Florencecourt is a very close-knit rural community and incident this is completely non-typical for the area,” he added.

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