Belfast Telegraph

Man (42) due in court charged with the murder of James Hughes at Divis Tower

By Cate McCurry

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of James Hughes in west Belfast's Divis Tower.

Detectives investigating the death of the 62-year-old last weekend say they have charged a 42-year-old man with murder.

He will appear at Laganside Court today.

Mr Hughes, described by friends as a "harmless big guy", was found dead on Sunday evening in his 14th floor flat.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: "Although a suspect has been charged, we are continuing to appeal for information and have widened the relevant appeal period.

"We now want to hear from anyone in Divis Tower who saw James Hughes or witnessed anything suspicious between Friday evening, November 4 and the evening of Sunday, November 6 to contact detectives at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency number 101." Mr Hughes' death has shocked the tight-knit community of Divis Tower.

John Leathem, chairman of the Divis and Falls residents' association, had said in the wake of the murder that "James was a gentleman - he was eccentric in his way, but he wouldn't have done you any harm".

"Whatever happened, one way or the other, he ended up dead."

Mr Leathem said the victim's family "can't get over it" and described them as "shocked".

He said other residents in Divis Tower were also stunned by the death. "Two lives are destroyed," he added.   

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