Belfast Telegraph

Gerard Quinn murder: Victim's family 'in limbo' over body

By Donna Deeney

The family of a man murdered at a party almost a week ago face an even longer wait for his remains to be returned after the accused's defence team asked for a second post-mortem.

Father-of-one Gerard Quinn (24) died at Altnagelvin Area Hospital after he was attacked in Curryneiran, Londonderry.

A family member said relatives had been left in limbo after lawyers for the 16-year-old charged with Mr Quinn's murder requested another post-mortem. "This has been a real nightmare," they added. "We don't know what is going on and still don't know when we are going to get Gerard home.

"It is awful - it is like living in limbo. Until we have his body back, we can't have a wake or a funeral."

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey met with the Quinn family yesterday morning to provide them with an update.

He said: "The defendant's legal representatives have requested a second post-mortem examination be held. This is now a matter for the Coroners Office and the defence team.

"We appreciate that this is an issue of concern for the Quinn family, but, as we explained to them earlier, it is outside the control of police."

A spokeswoman for the Coroners Office added: "There is no indication at the moment as to when the body will be released."

Mr Quinn died from a single stab wound to the throat with a broken glass, an earlier court hearing was told.

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