Murder victim Fionntan McGarvey

Detectives from PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation, after 18-year old  Fionntán McGarvey died in hospital this morning (20 Jan 2022).

It follows an incident outside licensed premises in the Finaghy Road North area of Belfast in the early hours of Monday, December 17.

A 21 year old male was arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and is currently being questioned.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Phelan said: “We believe that Fionntán was assaulted outside licensed premises around 1am on Monday 27 December. 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 dash-cam footage that could help with enquiries to contact police on 101 quoting reference 184 of 27/12/21.

“Any footage can be uploaded onto the Major Incident Public Portal at: at:

“A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at”

Statement issued on behalf of the family of Fionntán McGarvey

“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.”

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