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Niall Magee murder probe - three men released

Niall Magee
Niall Magee

By David Young

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 21-year-old man died from stab wounds following an incident at a house in Crumlin.

He was named as Niall Magee, and is believed to have originally been from Twinbrook in Belfast.

Emergency services were called to Cairn Walk in the town at around 2.50am on Saturday.

The victim was taken to Antrim Area Hospital for treatment.

Detective Inspector Michelle Griffin said: "Sadly the man died as a result of his injuries.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the Cairn Walk area and has information which may assist our investigation to contact detectives by calling the non-emergency number 101."

Four men aged 19, 24, 25 and 29 were arrested in connection with the incident. Three of the men have now been released on bail pending further police enquiries whilst the 25 year old man remains in custody.

Antrim and Newtownabbey mayor Paul Michael said that there were more than a dozen forensic officers attending the incident.

"The whole community is shocked and horrified at this dreadful murder," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"A life has been lost and a family left grieving."

Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee
Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee

Ulster Unionist Party councillor Mervyn Rea said the murder was devastating news.

"It's a blow, but people will come together and get over it," he said.

"We don't want any further wrongdoing in this town."

Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee
Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee

Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Logue expressed her condolences.

"This killing of a 21-year-old man in Crumlin has shocked the local community," she said.

"Another man is still in hospital following the incident and I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. A police investigation is now under way and I would encourage anyone with information to bring it forward.

Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee
Police forensic officers at scene of murder of Niall Magee

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the deceased man at this difficult time."

South Antrim/Crumlin IRSP also sent its condolences to the dead man's family.

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