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Man charged over club death of 'gentle giant'

A 34-year-old man has been charged with the manslaughter of a doorman who was found dead at the bottom of a flight of nightclub stairs in Portrush.

Colin McLeister (48), from Coleraine, died at The Playhouse entertainment complex in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Tributes have been left outside the nightclub where the “gentle giant” died.

The father of two daughters and a son, all aged between 10 and 17, was found dead at the bottom of the stairs after an altercation on the first floor.

His devastated father said: “I had to bury my wife nearly three years ago and that was extremely distressing, but nobody ever expects to have to bury their son.”

Mr McLeister worked as a doorman for a number of local clubs and, according to a friend, was devoted to people’s safety when they were out socialising.

Robert McPherson, who served with him on Coleraine Borough Council's door supervisors' committee, said: “I would describe Colin as one of nature's gentlemen, a gentle giant who did his best to make the nightlife in Portrush and the general area much safer.”

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Mr McLeister's body on Sunday.

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