Funeral for murdered Belfast man James Hughes

Mourners at the funeral of James Hughes
Mourners at the funeral of James Hughes

The funeral of murdered west Belfast man James Hughes took place on Monday morning.

Mr Hughes, a 62-year-old practising Buddhist, was found dead in his flat in Divis Tower on Sunday, November 6.

James Hughes was found dead in his flat in Divis Tower on Sunday November 6

James Hughes was found dead in his flat in Divis Tower on Sunday November 6

James Devine, who is also a resident of Divis Tower, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with Mr Hughes’ murder. He was remanded in custody while medical experts asses if he is fit to stand trial.

Mr Hughes’s remains were taken from his sister’s home in Ballynahinch to the residents’ lounge of Divis Tower on Sunday for friends to pay their respects.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Peter’s Cathedral at 10am before burial in Milltown cemetery.

The family have asked that donations in lieu of flowers be made to any homeless charity, a cause Mr Hughes felt strongly about.