Belfast Telegraph

Karol Kelly murder: Police say no evidence attack linked to paramilitaries

Detectives investigating the murder of Karol Kelly in Londonderry have said there is no evidence linking paramilitaries to the incident.

The 35-year-old father of five was stabbed to death in the early hours of last Sunday morning outside a house in Grafton Street in the Rosemount area of the city.

Three people have been charged with his murder.

However, the PSNI has moved to quell speculation in the community about the motives behind the killing.

Superintendent Jason Murphy, leading the investigation, said: “I am concerned that inaccurate information is currently circulating through the community about the events of the weekend.

"I am asking people to be responsible if they are discussing those events. I am asking people to base their views on facts, not rumour or speculation. This is why I have decided to tell the community something about what the investigation has established so far.”

Mr Murphy said there was no evidence of paramilitary involvement in the killing and there is no evidence the incident was linked to threats which may have been made by paramilitary groups in the past.

He also said there was no evidence of a link between Mr Kelly’s murder and a reported pipe bomb having been left in Grafton Street several weeks ago.

He added: “There is currently no evidence that a paramilitary style attack took place in Grafton Street, but police do believe that an altercation took place in a property in Grafton Street immediately prior to the assault which resulted in the death of Karol Kelly.

"The investigation team is working closely with local officers and the local community.”

Mr Murphy said that any attempts to influence or intimidate witnesses of the incident would be dealt with swiftly.

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