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Police release picture of east Belfast murder victim Mark Ponisi - detectives issue direct appeal to speak to taxi driver

Detectives investigating the murder of 53-year-old Mark Ponisi in east Belfast have issued a direct appeal to speak with a taxi drive who dropped people off in the area.

Police and paramedics were called to an address in the London Road area shortly before 10am on Saturday.

Mark Ponisi (53) was located in the living room and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Officers said the victim appeared to have sustained a number of injuries to his head and face - however a post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

A 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

Police on Sunday issued a specific appeal after issuing a picture of Mr Ponisi.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “We are keen to speak to the driver of a taxi believed to have picked up three males and one female in Belfast city centre at around 2am on the morning of the murder, and dropped them in the London Road.

“We believe this taxi driver may have information that could prove vital to our investigation and would appeal directly to him to contact the investigation team at Musgrave Street by calling 101 and asking for extension 17712.

“We would also renew our appeal to anyone with information about the this brutal crime to contact the incident room at Musgrave Police Station.”

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