Murder investigation begins after 18-year-old assaulted in Belfast dies in hospital

PSNI says a man has been arrested but issues appeal for witnesses

Picture issued by the PSNI of Fionntán McGarvey, 18, who died in hospital on Thursday. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have begun a murder investigation, after an 18-year-old man assaulted outside a licensed premises last month died in hospital.

Fionntán McGarvey died in hospital on Thursday morning.

The teenager was assaulted outside a licensed premises in the Finaghy Road North area of Belfast in the early hours of December 27th.

In a statement, the teenager’s family said: “We are devastated to lose our beautiful son Fionntán but take comfort that his wish to donate his organs will provide other families with hope at our time of deep loss.


“The family is grateful for the many messages of sympathy and support we have received. We would ask for privacy at this most difficult time.”

Police said a 21-year-old man has been arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Phelan urged anyone with information which could help police to come forward.

“We believe that Fionntán was assaulted outside licensed premises around 1am on Monday 27 December,” he said.

“Police attended and Fionntán was brought to hospital for treatment to his injuries. Tragically, despite treatment, he died this morning.

“I know there was a large number of people in the area at the time and I am appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or have any information, to come forward.

“I am also appealing to anyone with mobile phone or dashcam footage that could help with inquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference 184 of 27/12/21.” - PA