Eamonn Magee jnr stabbed to death in west Belfast in a row over a woman

Eamonn Magee jnr stabbed to death in west Belfast in a row over a woman

DETECTIVES have tonight charged a foreign national with the murder of Eamonn Magee jnr.

The 32-year-old is the estranged husband of the woman Magee had been visiting in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The suspect – know locally as ‘Chan’ – is a part-time bouncer/pub doorman who worked at Beckett’s Bar on the Stewartstown Road.

The man is to appear at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court in the morning.

Yesterday, a judge granted police an extension to the detention of the pub doorman being quizzed over the murder of Eamonn Magee jnr.

Detectives believe Mr Magee’s killer had been “lying in wait” for him in the Summerhill Park area of Twinbrook.

Belfast Daily revealed yesterday that the man being questioned is a 32-year-old bouncer who worked at Beckett’s Bar on the Stewartstown Road in west Belfast.

We also revealed that Eamonn Magee jnr had been stabbed in a “crime of passion” row over a woman.

It is believed the promising professional boxer was stabbed around five times with a large kitchen knife.

Det Ch Insp John McVea, who is leading the murder investigation, described the attack as “vicious”.

He said that a knife believed to have been used in the attack went missing from a property nearby.

Despite ongoing searches, it has not yet been found, but police displayed a knife that they believe is “identical” to the murder weapon as part of their public appeal.

Mr McVea said the young boxer, who was an engineering student at Ulster University, was stabbed as he came out of his friend’s house to check on a pizza delivery.

“Nobody would have known that Eamonn would have been coming out of the house to look for the pizza delivery, therefore we believe that the person was lying in wait for Eamonn as he would have come out of the house.”

He said the victim’s family has been “devastated” by the murder.

“Eamonn was so popular and had such a promising future ahead of him,” Mr McVea said

“He won a number of fights in the early stages of his boxing career. He had a promising future and it is particularly sad for that to have been taken away so needlessly.

Police said they want to hear from witnesses who were in the area between 1.30 amand3 am on Saturday.

“We believe the attack happened at 2.30 in the morning. But we believe the person may have been in the area for some time prior to the attack,” Mr McVea said.

He also appealed to anyone who saw a person leaving the vicinity of Beckett’s Bar on the Stewartstown Road before making their way down through the Twinbrook estate during the early hours of Saturday.

The 32-year-old man who is being questioned about the attack was arrested in Dunmurry on Saturday.

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