Man found with serious injuries in west Belfast dies in hospital
Residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in west Belfast have described their shock at the sudden death of a 55-year-old neighbour.
The man, named locally as Seamus Holland, was found with serious head injuries at his home in Upton Court, off the Glen Road, in the early hours of yesterday.
An ambulance took him to hospital at around 6am but he died later from his injuries.
Police have described the death as suspicious and are appealing for information.
Last night a forensics team sealed off the street and a nearby walkway on Norfolk Grove which they were investigating as potential crime scenes.
It is understood Mr Holland had been drinking in his local pub, McEnaney’s Bar on the Glen Road, on Saturday night when a row had erupted outside.
A neighbour and friend, Billy Creaney, described him as “a quiet person” who originally came from Turf Lodge in the area.
“If he was involved in a fight he would never have started it,” Mr Creaney said.
“Everyone is very shocked. This is a very quiet area normally, nothing happens in this street.
“Seamie was a very helpful fella, if you needed something done he would have done it for you. He was a lovely person.”
Mr Holland is understood to have been married, but estranged, from his wife.
He lived with his disabled nephew and had recently taken early retirement from Northern Ireland Water.
Upton Court is a small cul-|de-sac of semi-detached private houses.
West Belfast SDLP MLA Alex Attwood appealed to the public to assist the PSNI in their investigation into the death of Mr Holland.
“All that can be said with certainty at the moment is that this man died as the result of injuries he received in or around the Glen Road in the early hours,” he said.
“But this area has suffered too many deaths, too many killings, and is not getting the lawful conditions that it needs and that people want.”