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Twinbrook murder: Three teenagers arrested

Published 12/12/2015

Flowers left at the scene of the murder of Christopher Meli at Glasvey Close in west Belfast. Pic: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker.
Flowers left at the scene of the murder of Christopher Meli at Glasvey Close in west Belfast. Pic: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker.
Flowers left at the scene of the murder of Christopher Meli at Glasvey Close in west Belfast. Pic: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker.
Flowers left at the scene of the murder of Christopher Meli at Glasvey Close in west Belfast. Pic: Matt Bohill/Pacemaker.
Murder victim: Christopher Meli was killed as he walked through the Twinbrook estate in west Belfast on Friday night.
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and forensic officers at the scene in west Belfast ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Police investigating the murder of a man in west Belfast on Friday night have arrested three teenagers.

The body of a young man, named locally as Christopher Meli, was found at Glasvey Close in the Twinbrook area at around 1am on Saturday.

Police are also investigating a serious assault on another young man who was in the company of Mr Meli. He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

The three teens, two aged 18 and one aged 16, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and are currently in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Talbot said: "We received a report at around 1am of a young man lying at Glasvey Close.  After examination by ambulance staff the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A number of injuries were noted on the body and as such, we are treating this death as murder.

"An investigation is now underway and we are seeking information from the public to assist us with our enquiries. I would appeal to anyone who has any information or who witnessed any disturbances in the area of the Stewartsown Road or Glasvey Close to contact detectives at Musgrave  on 101.

"Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

John McPoland from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "At 12:50 GMT on Saturday the ambulance service received a call from a resident in the Glasvey Close area reporting that there was a young man lying on the street with blood coming from his head.

"He did indicate to us at the time that he felt the young man was dead.

"We did send a crew up to the scene and unfortunately they found that the person was deceased at the scene and they stayed until the police arrived and assisted the police as best they could."

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann said: "I have spoken to the local PSNI and they tell me they are treating it as a violent death," she said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with this young man's family at this time and I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the PSNI."

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