Neighbours shocked at Ballycastle murder

Published Monday, 22 April 2013
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Neighbours have spoken of their shock after the fatal stabbing of a young man in Ballycastle on Sunday.

Kevin O'Neill, 25, was killed during an attack at a house in the Stroanshesk Park area of the Co Antrim town.

On Monday a court granted detectives extra time to question a 28-year-old man, who was arrested after police launched a murder investigation.

Mr O'Neill's neighbours say the attack is a shock to everybody.

Michaela Smylie, who knew the victim well, told UTV: "It's devastating. He was harmless, he was dead on, and he would've done anything for you.

"I just heard this screaming and shouting, that's all I heard. Whenever I went in, he was lying on the ground."

Local representatives have also paid tribute to Mr O'Neill, who was described by Independent councillor Padraig McShane as "a gentleman".

He added: "Kevin got on well in life and worked hard.

"He was very well liked, an affable character and didn't have a bad word for anybody."

Sinn Féin councillor Cara McShane said: "I knew the family very well. They're a young family a loving, strong family and they're very much a part of everyday life in Ballycastle.

"It's tragic circumstances and a complete moment of madness that this incident has taken place."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Tuesday.

Police have appealed for anyone who contacted Mr O'Neill between Saturday and Sunday lunchtime to get in touch.

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3 Comments
Sarah in Belfast wrote (366 days ago):
I was fortunate enough 2 know kevin a few years ago & he was 1 of the nicest people u could meet. I couldnt believe it when i heard this. Such a waste of life. RIP kevin my heart goes out 2 the family
Mark in Belfast wrote (367 days ago):
Theres a killing everyweekend now!! Sad
norman.d in bangor wrote (367 days ago):
another family left to mourn with this murder this country has lost its way and respect for human life my sympathy to his family
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