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Town will support knifed migrant's family says mayor

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

The family of an East Timorese man murdered in Dungannon are being housed in the local leisure centre during the investigation.

The yet unnamed man lived with his family of 10, including several young children, in the Woodvale Park area of the town.

He died in a suspected stabbing in an argument with another man that turned violent.

Dungannon PSNI has launched a murder inquiry and a 34-year-old man who was arrested early yesterday is still helping police with their investigations.

The murder has shocked the community of migrant workers in the town.

Dungannon mayor, Sinn Fein's Sean McGuigan, said the council would do its utmost to look after the family until emergency accommodation could be found.

He said: "This is very sad news and our thoughts and sympathies go out to the man and his family here and those still living in East Timor.

"I understand that he lived in Woodvale with a large family and we will be looking after them at the leisure centre as they can't go back to the house while it's still a crime scene."

Fermanagh and South Tyrone DUP MLA Lord Morrow called on the courts to get tough on knife crime after the killing.

"Knife crime is a growing problem in the Dungannon area," he said. "It's important that the judiciary are seen to deal with such incidents in a robust way."

He offered his condolences to the victim's family.

The area's MP, Michelle Gildernew, promised full support for the dead man's family.

"Violence of this nature can never be justified in Dungannon," she said. "We value and have great respect for our non-national community in Dungannon."

Police have appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 028 8775 0559 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

BACKGROUND

The East Timorese community in Dungannon has experienced several major crimes. Valdomar Da Concericao Silva (38), of Belvedere Park, Dungannon, was jailed for life after murdering his wife in 2010. Silva was acquitted of attempting to kill his boss, with whom his wife was having an affair. An East Timor man was attacked last year walking home after work.

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