Murder inquiry launched after body find

Published Friday, 20 December 2013
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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in a house in north Belfast.

Murder inquiry launched after body find
Police have cordoned the area off as they continue their investigations. (© UTV)

The body of 50-year-old Basil McAfee was discovered by a family member in the Henderson Avenue home on Friday afternoon just after 1pm.

A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

Mr McAfee was last seen in Henderson Avenue at around 4pm on Thursday, police said.

Following the discovery of the body, police closed the road and evacuated residents.

A nearby church was opened to accommodate those affected.

DUP MP Nigel Dodds, said news of the investigation had caused shock in the community.

He said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with this man's family circle who have received the worst possible news just days before Christmas.

"I appeal to anyone who can assist this major police investigation to pass on whatever information they have."

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area between 4pm on Thursday and 1pm on Friday to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

© UTV News
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7 Comments
Iseult in NI wrote (116 days ago):
So many murders these days, it seems there isn't a week goes by without reading of another one, not just here in N Ireland but in the rest of the UK too. While I'm not in favour of the death penalty for murder I do think sentences should be much stiffer than they are. Why should anyone who takes the life of another person be allowed back into society after 20 years or so? Make that a standard 40 years and make prison life less cushy than it is at present, and perhaps that would serve as some sort of deterrent.
Sd in Belfast wrote (117 days ago):
Really sad to hear of any death especially close to christmas. Sadly there are always going to be murders and evil done because people have that potential in them....
Brighton in Brighton wrote (117 days ago):
So sad. I rember basil frm 30 years ago A nice big guy. R.i.p
norman.d in bangor wrote (117 days ago):
TO James I don't know were you get your facts from only one per cent in north Belfast go to church out of a quarter million people churches are closing down and some do not even have a sunday night service and murder has increased to fold since the sixties and is almost on a weekly basis these days
Jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (118 days ago):
In response to Norman D. The number of murders in Northern Ireland since the year 2000 has fallen by 47% - nearly half. So in effect things are improving not getting worse. So I can't see how you come to the conclusion that people have turned away from God. Maybe you should be praising people rather than being critical. I respectfully suggest you get your facts correct before making such comments. I must add that any murder is unacceptable whether we live in a secular or religious society.
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