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Man (32) due in court following the death of Co Derry (23) man, four days after attack

Darren McGurk from Limavady

A MAN is due to appear in court today following the death of a 23-year-old Co Derry man, four days after he was attacked.

Darren McGurk from Limavady was assaulted at Glenbeg Walk in the town on Wednesday at around 6pm.

He suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital, but he died yesterday morning.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the assault on Friday and he was later charged with grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

But the PSNI last night said following Mr McGurk's death, the same man was further arrested and charged with his murder.

He is due before Coleraine Magistrates’ Court today for the offences of murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna last night said he offered his "heartfelt condolences to Darren’s family and loved ones who are struggling to come to terms with Darren’s untimely death".

He said detectives want to "establish Darren’s movements in the hours before the assault on Wednesday night".

"Were you in touch with Darren, via text or on the phone," he asked

"Did you see him that day? Was he with anyone? Were you in the Glenbeg Walk around the time of the assault?

"Did you hear or see anything that was out of the ordinary?

"I am also keen to speak to anyone who knows Darren and may have been trying to get in contact with him between 6pm on Wednesday (20th March) through to 4.20pm on Thursday (21st March).

"This includes any attempts to contact Darren by mobile phone or on social media.

"I want to establish an accurate picture of what occurred on Wednesday night so Darren’s family know exactly what happened to their loved one.

"If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is please, pick up the phone and call our detectives in Coleraine."

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