Funeral of man who died after incident involving CS spray in Belfast city centre

The funeral of Gerard McMahon, who died following an altercation with police in Belfast, has taken place this morning.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 15th September 2016, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th September 2016, 3:49 pm
Family and Friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church  in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Family and Friends during the funeral of Gerard McMahon at St Matthew's Church in Belfast. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker

Mourners gathered at St Matthew’s Church, Bryson Street in the city at 10am to pay their respects to the 36-year-old.

Mr McMahon, from the Short Strand area of Belfast, was taken ill during the incident in Great Victoria Street in the city at about 5am last Thursday morning.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers had responded to reports of a man behaving violently on the street and that he suffered injuries while being restrained.

Gerard McMahon

The case was transferred to the Police Ombudsman’s office which confirmed CS spray had been used, but it is not yet known if it contributed to the Mr McMahon’s death.

Mr McMahon’s grieving parents have called for a “swift and thorough” investigation into the circumstances surrounding their son’s death.

Mourners attend the Funeral of Gerard McMahon.
Flowers left at the scene on Great Victoria Street, Belfast after the death of Gerard McMahon. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker
Gerard McMahon
Mourners attend the Funeral of Gerard McMahon.
Flowers left at the scene on Great Victoria Street, Belfast after the death of Gerard McMahon. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker