Murder probe after body found in south Belfast

Police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast
Police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast

A murder probe has been launched after a man was found dead in the university area of Belfast.

Another man has been arrested in connection with the incident in the south of the city.



The body was discovered in the Botanic Avenue area shortly after 5am.

The usually busy road has been closed off as detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Serious Crime Branch investigate.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: “We are treating the death as a murder. One man has been arrested and is currently in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Botanic Avenue early this morning and witnessed the incident, or anyone with any information that could assist this investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.”

South Belfast councillor Declan Boyle said the local community was shocked by the death.

“It is shocking and distressing to hear that the body of a man has been found on Botanic Avenue and that the PSNI are treating it as a murder,” said the SDLP representative.

“I know that residents, workers and business-owners in the area will be disturbed and saddened by this news.

“There is major disruption in the area as the police carry out their inquiries as roads have been closed off.

“I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.”

Assembly member for the area Anna Lo expressed her sympathies to the family of the murdered man.

“I would condemn whoever is responsible for this man’s death in the strongest possible manner,” said the Alliance MLA.

“Local people are shocked at what has taken place. Botanic Avenue is a very popular area visited by many people who will be very saddened by this incident.

“My thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends of the victim. This will undoubtedly be a very difficult time for them.”