Belfast Telegraph

Schoolboy killed in suspected attack by family dog laid to rest

The body of a 10-year-old schoolboy who died after a suspected attack by his family's Germany Shepherd has been laid to rest.

A family notice said Ryan Busa died as the result of a "tragic accident" on Sunday, and that he was the "much-loved son of Mark and partner Donna, loving brother of Shane, Stacey, Dylan and Madison".

His funeral service was held at his home in Queen's Avenue, with a committal afterwards in Carnmoney Cemetery East.

Writing on social media on Wednesday Donna Thomas, the partner of Ryan's father, said: "We would just like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the kindness and support we have got from the whole community.

"This is an absolutely devastating time for us but everyone's support, kind words and help has been unbelievable."

Earlier this week police ordered additional forensic tests to be carried out on the young boy after a post mortem examination on Monday.

On Sunday, emergency services had been called to the scene on Queen's Avenue where the family had moved to around a year ago.

It is understood Ryan, a pupil of Ashgrove Primary School, had been found covered in blood and with cuts to his face.

Treated at the scene by the Northern Ireland Ambulance service, he was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he died a short time later.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

They have appealed for anyone with relevant information to call police on the non-emergency number 101.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.


From Belfast Telegraph