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More time to quiz pair over Toomebridge murder

Published 12/01/2016

James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson, died after being assaulted on Sunday morning
James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson, died after being assaulted on Sunday morning

Police have been given extra time to question two suspects about the murder of a man in Toomebridge.

James McDonagh, 28, from Castledawson, was assaulted outside the Elk bar and nightclub complex on Hillhead Road on Sunday morning.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) serious crime branch can now hold the the suspects, aged 24 and 52, for an additional 36 hours after receiving permission from a court.

The pair were arrested on Sunday night in the Toomebridge area and are being questioned at Musgrave police station in Belfast.

A 41-year-old detained in Toomebridge on Monday night is also still in custody.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan, who is leading the murder hunt has renewed appeals for anyone with information to contact officers in Magherafelt on 101 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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