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Paul McCready murder: Two young children face lifetime without their dad, say PSNI in fresh appeal for witnesses

By Claire Williamson

Police have said two young children face a lifetime without their dad, as they appealed for people to come forward with information over the murder of Belfast man Paul McCready.

Dad-of-two Paul from north Belfast passed away in hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police said he had been in an altercation with another man inside the Northern Whig pub in the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday night which then spilled out in to the street.

It is understood the 31-year-old hit his head on the pavement. A 30-year-old man was arrested at the scene and remains in custody.

Appealing for witnesses to come forward Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said officers knew from watching CCTV footage there were a lot of people who had not yet contacted police.

He said: “I would appeal to those people who haven’t yet got in touch with the investigation team to please do so. We are keen to gather as much information as possible about the circumstances and events that occurred here early on Sunday morning.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who took video footage or photographs."

Mr Geddes said Mr McCready's two young children, who are both under the age of 10, now face a lifetime without their dad.

He said: “This is a very sad case where an altercation has ended in the most tragic way possible – in the murder of a young family man. Paul has two young children under 10 years of age, a partner, parents, siblings and a wider family unit who today are facing a life without him. These young children sadly now face a lifetime without their dad."

Mr Geddes would not be drawn on the detail of the incident but issued a warning over so-called 'one punch' attacks.

He said: “It really reinforces our message to enjoy your night out, but please remember that one punch can kill. Previously we have seen how with just one punch, lives have been destroyed and families’ lives have been wrecked.”

Investigators can be contacted by calling 101 and quoting reference number 94 of 02/04/17.

If someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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