Police question man after fatal stabbing of dad of two
Detectives in Londonderry were last night still questioning a 31-year-old local man following the fatal stabbing of another man in the Waterside area of the city in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Father-of-two Chris McGaughey (56), from Celadine Court in the Gobnascale Estate, died after he was stabbed in the stomach with a large bladed knife.
He collapsed on open space beside a footpath shortly after he sustained the fatal wound.
Mr McGaughey, who worked as a self-employed handyman, is survived by his wife Georgina and by their children, Christina (28) and James (17).
Detectives were yesterday investigating reports that Mr McGaughey was stabbed following an earlier altercation outside his home about a quarter-of-a-mile away from the scene of his death.
A woman was also treated in Altnagelvin Hospital for minor head injuries.
One local resident, who did not wish to be named, said Mr McGaughey's wife Georgina and daughter Christina were in her home with a group of friends shortly before the murder.
"Saturday night is our usual card night and we all enjoy laughing and the craic.
"Everybody was in great form last night and now this. It's just dreadful.
"A short while after Georgina and Christina left my house I heard a commotion up the street.
"I went up and I saw Georgina and Christina and James. They were very upset. There was a lot of shouting and screaming.
"Christina and James were looking down at their daddy Chris who was on the ground. Georgina was hugging him and screaming.
"The police and ambulance officers arrived at the same time.
"They put Chris straight onto the stretcher and he was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"I saw a large knife, about 10 inches long, on the ground.
"One man lifted the knife and shouted 'this is the knife' before he gave it to the police.
"Chris's family followed the ambulance to hospital and a short time later I got a phone call to say Chris was dead," she said.
Local curate Fr Chris Ferguson, who was called to Altnagelvin Hospital shortly after 3am, said it was a scene of unbelievable grief.
"This dreadful event has caused devastation to the lives of so many people.
"It has stunned the community and the parish and caused unimaginable grief at so many levels," he said.
Meanwhile, a PSNI spokesman said that detectives in the Serious Crime Branch were appealing for anyone with information about the fatal stabbing to contact them.
"A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and he is currently helping us with our enquiries," the police spokesman said.
Yesterday detectives carried out door-to-door enquiries in the Hollymount Park area, sealing off the area where Mr McGaughey's body was found.