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Police open murder investigation following death of Conan Anderson

Conan Anderson, the 22-year-old Belfast man who was seriously injured in an assault in the city centre over a week ago has died, police have confirmed as they announced the opening of a murder investigation.

Mr Anderson had been out at Thompson's Garage nightclub in the city centre on Sunday, February 5. He was attacked outside the club in the early hours of the following morning.

Although he was able to return to his Short Strand home following the attack at around 7.30am, it wasn't until that Monday evening that his injuries became apparent and he was taken to hospital.

A vigil was held in the Short Strand to support him in his fight for life.

Over the past week his condition continued to deteriorate before his death on Saturday.

Police confirmed they were now treating the death as murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Conan tragically passed away on Saturday afternoon after being admitted to hospital with serious head injuries on the evening of Monday February 6.

"The matter was reported to police on Wednesday, February 8 and enquiries established that an incident had occurred in the early hours of Monday morning in the Arthur Lane area of Belfast.”

“A 27-year-old man was arrested in north Belfast on Thursday, February 9 on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

The detective added: “I am now treating Conan’s death as murder and I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident at Arthur Lane in the early hours of Monday February 6 or any information which could be of assistance to my investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave Street quoting reference number 1034 08/02/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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