Belfast Telegraph

Three held over knife murder of man during house party

By Claire McNeilly

There have been calls for a greater effort to end knife crime after the murder of a young father.

The victim, named locally as father-of-one Mark ‘Hector’ Williamson (21) was stabbed to death in the Hartfield Avenue area of Portadown around 4.20am yesterday.

Mr Williamson, father to a seven-month-old baby girl, was attacked and killed at a house party held near his own flat.

The murder came a day after three men were stabbed in Lurgan. A 23-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital.

Three men, aged 28, 26 and 24, believed to live locally, have been arrested in connection with Mr Williamson’s death.

They were taken into custody yesterday where they were assisting police with their inquiries.

Neighbours described hearing screams and shouting before it emerged that someone had died.

DUP mayor Alan Carson condemned Mr Williamson’s murder.

He said: “It has come as a shock to the local community and I would appeal for anyone with information to pass it to police.”

Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd said he was “shocked and stunned” to hear of the fatality.

“The previous night we had young men very seriously injured in a knife attack and it just shows the consequences of people using knives in this manner,” he said. “The consequences are fatal and are devastating, not only to the victims, but there are going to be people serving very long jail sentences as a result of these knife crimes.”

Craigavon deputy mayor George Savage called for an immediate end to knife crime in Northern Ireland.

He said: “I am very disappointed to hear that this sort of incident has returned to our streets.”

SDLP representative Dolores Kelly said. “This has been an extremely violent weekend that has left one family in utter devastation and others in turmoil over loved ones.”

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