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Three teenagers bailed in probe into Belfast murder of young father

Published 18/12/2015

Christoper Meli, 21, died in the incident in west Belfast at the weekend (PSNI/PA Wire)
Christoper Meli, 21, died in the incident in west Belfast at the weekend (PSNI/PA Wire)

Police have released three teenagers being quizzed about the murder of a young father in Belfast.

Christopher Meli, 20, was battered to death on a pathway in the Twinbrook area of west Belfast at the weekend.

Detectives believe up to 20 people were involved in a number of violent incidents that ended with the father-of-one's murder on grassland known locally as Doc's Lane in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said two girls aged 16 and 17 and a boy aged 17 had been released on bail pending further inquiries.

They were among five suspects arrested on Tuesday, hours after three male teenagers, two aged 18 and one 16, were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court charged with murder.

Two others were released on Thursday morning.

Two males aged 18 and 17, who were detained on Sunday were also released on police bail earlier this week.

Hundreds of people supported Mr Meli's family during a candlelit vigil in Belfast's Springfield Road on Monday evening.

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