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Man charged with murder after Eamonn O'Hanlon stabbed outside house in Gilford

 Police last night released an image of O'Hanlon.

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Eamonn O’Hanlon in Gilford at the weekend.

The victim of a fatal stabbing in Co Down had only recently been released from prison.

Mr O'Hanlon (36) was attacked outside a house in the Hill Street area in Gilford during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said he later died from his injuries.

Forensics officers remained at the scene of the stabbing throughout Saturday and four men were arrested by detectives investigating the murder.

Police later said three men have since been released unconditionally.

In a statement on Sunday night, the PSNI said detectives investigating the murder of Mr O’Hanlon had charged a 25-year-old man with murder and possessing an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

“He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on Monday, May 23. As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service,” they added.

Police last night also released an image of O'Hanlon.

On Saturday, police stated the victim was from north Belfast but now say he was from Gilford.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information about his murder to contact them.

O'Hanlon had only been released from jail after setting fire to his partner’s home in Newry in 2018, while she was inside the property.

He had served two years of a four year sentence.

Newry Crown Court had heard O'Hanlon poured accelerant over her sofa, set it alight and held her back when she tried to run to a window.

The mother-of three, who is in her thirties, spent three days on a life support machine following the blaze after suffering injuries due to smoke inhalation.

Police said at the time of the case that the woman remained in hospital for almost two weeks following the "extremely traumatic incident". The fire also destroyed her home.

O'Hanlon pleaded guilty to a charge of arson. He also had more than 50 previous convictions, including burglary, having a firearm, motoring offences and head-butting a woman in 2020.

Posting on social media on Saturday following the murder of O'Hanlon, DUP MP Carla Lockhart said: "I know the entire Gilford community will be in shock.

"It is important for everyone to give time and space to the PSNI to conduct their investigations."

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