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Murder victim had been stabbed with screwdriver

By Claire McNeilly

A murder investigation is underway after 20-year-old man died from multiple stab wounds inflicted by a screwdriver.

Darren Roberts, who was from the Lisburn area, died in hospital after being attacked in his Co Antrim home town over the weekend.

The young victim was attacked on Millbrook Road in Lisburn shortly before 2am on Saturday following a disturbance.

A source close to the man’s family told the Belfast Telegraph that he died after being stabbed five times by a screwdriver.

The fatal stabbing is understood to have occurred after a fight broke out between two groups of men.

The victim’s parents were too distressed to speak about the incident yesterday.

An 18-year-old man also suffered a stab wound to his side, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Three men, aged 20, 21 and 23, have been arrested and are helping police with their enquiries.

Sinn Fein MLA Paul Butler called for tighter controls on the sales of knives following Darren’s death.

“I am appaled by the senseless and brutal attack on this man,” he said.

“This vicious assault has left a family in Lisburn grieving.

“Those who carried out this attack must be condemned, their actions are totally reprehensible and can have no place in any society.”

Mr Butler said legislation should be introduced as quickly as possible to ban the sale of most types of knives.

“These forms of attacks unfortunately are becoming more and more prevalent and those who carry out such attacks need to face the consequences of their actions to deter this type of crime,” he added.

“These vicious assaults underline the seriousness of the problem facing the whole of the community regarding knife crime.

“The message that needs to goes out is that this type of activity will never be acceptable. My sympathy and thoughts are with this man’s family at this time.”

Alliance councillor Trevor Lunn slammed those who carry weapons with the intention to cause harm.

“I would like to voice my condemnation of people who carry knives or screwdrivers and turn fights into fatalities,” he said.

Basil McCrea, Ulster Unionist MLA, said he had highlighted the 25% year-on-year rise in violent crime at a recent Policing Board meeting.

“The Chief Constable had undertaken to look into this and give us an explanation for this increase in violent crime at the next meeting,” he said.

“Little did we know we would be dealing with another such incident so soon.”

Mr McCrea extended his condolences to the man’s family.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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