Investigation launched after Derry murder

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A man who was arrested following the death of a Derry man in the early hours of Sunday morning is still being questioned by police.

The victim, named locally as Paddy Harkin, in his 40s, is believed to have been assaulted early on Sunday morning in the Bayview Terrace area of the city. Another man was critically injured and is being treated in hospital in Belfast for serious head injuries.

The incident happened in a residential/business area close to the city centre and Strand Road police station and the PSNI are treating Mr Harkin’s death as murder.

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness knows the family.

“I know Paddy and I must say he was a very inoffensive man and I was shocked and saddened this morning when I was told of his tragic death,” he said.

SDLP Councillor Mark H Durkan extended his sympathies to the dead man’s family.

“This incident certainly is quite shocking and is not the type of thing anybody likes to hear of,” he said.

Police inquiries are continuing.

Read more in tomorrow’s ‘Derry Journal’.