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Police make fresh appeal about east Belfast murder of Reece Leeman (21)

Police investigating the murder of Reece Leeman earlier this month in east Belfast have made a fresh appeal for information
Marie Louise McConville

POLICE investigating the murder of a 21-year-old man in east Belfast earlier this month have made a fresh appeal for information.

Reece Leeman died following an assault in Kyle Street on Friday March 15.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder.

An 18-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder and released unconditionally was re-arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and robbery and released pending a report to prosecutors.

Detective Inspector Joanne Harris said Mr Leeman's family are "still trying to come to terms with their sudden loss".

"Whilst I am not seeking anyone else in relation to Reece's murder, I am making a further appeal for any information about the circumstances surrounding his death," she said.

"I know that Reece had gone to an address on Kyle Street with another male sometime before 1.50am on 15 March. Some type of altercation occurred inside the house when Reece was there and he was discovered collapsed on the street on Connsbrook Drive with multiple stab wounds. I want to know any information which may help me to piece together his last movements in his final hours."

DI Harris added: "No matter how insignificant you think the information you have is, please contact us. Your information could be key to our investigation."

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