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Suspect held over Belfast man’s murder

By Lisa Smyth

A 27-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of 31-year-old Christopher Mackin.

They have also appealed for information from the public in relation to a car that may have been involved in the murder.

Mr Mackin — originally from the Ballymurphy estate in west Belfast — was gunned down on Thursday as he left his mother’s apartment in Belfast city centre.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who can assist them with their enquiries into a silver Renault Clio, registration number ELZ 7444, which was seen in the Divis Street and College Square North areas at about 9.20pm on Thursday — the time when Mr Mackin was shot.

The car was later found burnt out in Wyndham Street off the Cliftonville Road in north Belfast.

A PSNI spokesman said it is thought the car had been in the Belfast area in the weeks prior to the murder, and sightings were reported on the Ormeau Road.

Meanwhile, it has been claimed that Mr Mackin, known as ‘Cricky’, may have been targeted by a jealous love rival amid rumours that he was having an affair with the girlfriend of a former friend.

Information about the murder can be passed to detectives by ringing 028 9056 1812 or calling anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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