Man quizzed after fatal stabbing

The mayor of Derry has called for a crackdown on knife crime after a man died following a stabbing incident in the city.

Christopher McGaughey, 56, was stabbed in the Hollymount Park area of Gobnascale in the early hours of Sunday.

It is understood Mr McGaughey was found on a pathway and was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital, where doctors worked on him. But he died a short time later.

A woman was also hurt in the same incident but her injuries are not thought to be serious.

A 31-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Derry mayor Maurice Devenney described it as a “very sad incident”.

He said his heart went out to the family of the victim and that his prayers are with them.

“This is a very sad incident and a sad day for the family,” he said.

“I feel that more needs to be done in relation to knife crime to prevent tragedies like this, although it is difficult to police with the ready availability of knives.”

Parish priest for the Waterside, Father Michael Canny, said that Mr McGaughey and his family are well known to the local community.

“The community will be waking up this morning to this terrible, tragic and devastating news,” he said.

“I think that all of our thoughts and prayers must be with the family and the extended family involved here.”

And Father Roland Colhoun said people in the parish were stunned by what had happened.

“You always imagine things like this will happen somewhere else,” he said.

“People are shocked, it’s a terrible tragedy, it’s an enormous loss for the family but also for the entire community. We’d like to offer our deepest sympathies.”