House party death ‘tragic’

Published Saturday, 28 December 2013
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The sudden death of a man at a house party in Twinbrook on the outskirts of west Belfast on Friday evening has been described as “tragic”.

The 41-year-old died at a property in the Thornhill Court area on Friday evening.

Emergency services were called at around 7.40pm and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been named locally as Gerard Mulholland, who was a successful DJ in the area.

Four other men have been taken to hospital in Belfast for treatment after falling ill.

Detectives are investigating reports that yellow ecstasy type tablets, known as "speckled Rolex", may have been taken by the men during the house party.

Officers have urged anyone in possession of the pills not to take them.

Police have said the pills should be disposed of "immediately and safely".

SDLP Councillor Brian Heading said: “The tragic loss of life of a man in Twinbrook yesterday evening will be a devastating blow to his family and friends particularly at this time of the year. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this very difficult time.

“They are also with the four people who have been hospitalised and I hope that they make a full recovery.

“I understand that the police believe speckled Rolex tablets may have been taken by those at the party. Given the very serious nature of this incident I would urge people who have these drugs in their position to get rid of them immediately.”

He continued: “I would ask the local community to co-operate with the police during the course of this investigation and come forward with any information that may be relevant.”

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann added: "This is a terrible tragedy in which one person has lost their life while celebrating over the Christmas period.

"I would appeal to everyone to be careful while enjoying themselves over the Christmas period and not to take anything that is not trustworthy or deemed safe such as illegal substances or proscribed medication.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this man and I hope the other people make a full recovery."

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Comments Comments
Lynda McClean in Belfast wrote (110 days ago):
this story is somewhat demeaned by poor spelling and grammar. unacceptable for a national news site.
A.L in belfast wrote (110 days ago):
another poor family left devasted over the christmas/new year period. god give them strength to get through the hard times ahead, heart goes out to you all x
Belfast in Belfast wrote (110 days ago):
Why cant people understand these things are lethal??or if not life chaging!Dont touch them! If they think theyre not dangerous just take a visit to your local mental health unit and youll see the damage they do....not good
paul in larne wrote (110 days ago):
drugs are for mugs :-)
Conor in Belfast wrote (111 days ago):
40s taking drugs.should have had more sense.
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