Police Given More Time to Question Man Arrested for Murder After Belfast Assault

Credits: The Independent

Police in West Belfast have been granted an extension to continue questioning a 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after an incident that resulted in the death of a man named Joseph Brennan.

The Major Investigations Team has been given an additional 36 hours for interrogation following the events that occurred on Wednesday night.

Reports indicate that the victim, Joseph Brennan, was assaulted, possibly punched, outside a licensed premises on Cupar Street Upper. Emergency services responded swiftly, with Mr. Brennan being transported to the Royal Victoria Hospital in an ambulance. Tragically, despite efforts to save him, he succumbed to his injuries.

Police Questioning Man for Murder (Credits: The Independent)

The 35-year-old suspect remains in police custody as Major Investigation Team detectives work diligently on the case. The Police Service of Northern Ireland has officially launched a murder investigation, appealing to the public for any information that could assist in their inquiries.

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has offered his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. He urged anyone with relevant information to come forward and cooperate with the authorities.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed their involvement, stating that they received a 999 call reporting an incident on Springfield Road at 20:00 on Wednesday, March 6.

Two emergency crews were dispatched to the scene, and after assessment and treatment, one patient was transported to RVH via ambulance.

Authorities continue to urge anyone with information about the incident to contact the police or provide anonymous tips through Crimestoppers. As the investigation unfolds, the community in west Belfast remains on edge, awaiting further developments in this tragic case.

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