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Richard Miskelly death: Man charged with murder in Newtownards

A 19-year-old man is to appear at Ards Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with murder of 24-year-old Richard Miskelly and perverting course of justice.

Mr Miskelly died after he was assaulted outside a house on the Bangor Road in Newtownards shortly after 5.30am on Sunday.

When officers arrived at the house they discovered him lying face down in the driveway of the property, which is just off the main road.

He was treated by ambulance staff who performed CPR but he died at the scene.

A second 19-year-old man has been released unconditionally in relation to the murder and has been released pending report to the PPS in relation to an assault on a 27-year-old man.

On Sunday Mr Miskelly's mother Shirleen Appleton (45) and sister Ashley Miskelly (27) laid flowers near the scene.

A tribute written on the card said: "Beloved son and brother, our angel. Mum and Ashley xoxo."

A floral tribute was also left by the young man's father and stepmother. Their message said: "Son & Stepson, one and only. Dad, Nichola and kids xoxo."

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt was among many who expressed their shock and offered condolences.

"A night out has turned into tragedy for the murdered man, his family and his friends and my deepest sympathies are with them at this sad time."

Alliance Assembly candidate Kellie Armstrong urged people to come forward with information if they had any.

"I am shocked by this incident, which will send shockwaves throughout the entire community. My thoughts and prayers are with this young man's family following his death. To lose a loved one in such terrible circumstances is devastating."

Bangor Road resident Simone Reynolds (34) lives close to where the murder took place and regularly goes running in the area.

"I was completely shocked but then I was saddened for the family," she said. "Sometimes I would walk home on a Saturday night - you never think anything like this will happen, but I will think twice from now on."

Ms Reynolds added: "My thoughts are just with the family of the young man, it's a horrible thing that they have woken up to."

DUP councillor Naomi Armstrong-Cotter said her heart "absolutely aches" for the family. "As a community we grieve with them and want to offer our support to them at this time and I would just urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact police," she said.

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