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Police searching for men in car with tragic Derry teenager Caoimhin Cassidy

Caoimhin Cassidy
Caoimhin Cassidy

Police are searching for two men who were in the car with Londonderry teenager Caoimhin Cassidy when he died.

The body of the 18-year-old was found inside a red Mazda 6, which had crashed on the Fairview Road during the early hours of Saturday June 1.

Police initially believed that the car had caught fire as a result of the collision.

However, the results from the post mortem examination showed that Caoimhin was not seriously injured as a result of a crash, and was most likely still alive when the blaze started.

Enquiries have led police to believe Caoimhin was not alone in the vehicle.

Police have received a report of two men running away from the vehicle on the Fairview Road, heading in the direction of Ferndale.

There were also sightings of a man, possibly injured, walking on the Buncrana Road, past the Skeoge Link Road, towards the border a short time later.

There was widespread anti-social behaviour in the Creggan area of Derry on Friday following Caoimhin's funeral.

The disorder was sparked by joyriding youths in two cars in front of St Mary's Church.

In the ensuing chaos, a teenage male was discovered by a police patrol lying in grass shrubland and was taken to hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his shins, in what police are treating as a paramilitary attack carried out by dissident republicans.

Police at the scene of the incident on Fairview Road in Derry. Credit: Leona O'Neill
Police at the scene of the incident on Fairview Road in Derry. Credit: Leona O'Neill

Detective Inspector Michael Winters has appealed for anyone who saw the men leaving the scene of Caoimhin's death to get in touch.

"Did you see these males? Can you help us identify them?," he said.

“If you can cast your mind back and remember anything about Caoimhin’s movements, or those of the red Mazda 6, on the evening of Friday 31 May, then please get in touch. Any detail, no matter how small it might seem, could be invaluable.

“Contact detectives at Strand Road on 101, quoting reference number 316 of 01/06/19.

"Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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