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Murder investigation launched following an assault in Rasharkin

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Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland have launched a murder investigation following an assault on a man in Rasharkin on Sunday 16 April. 


Sadly, the man found unconscious at the back of licensed premises in the Main Street area died just over one week later, on Monday 24 April.



Officers have now named the deceased as Paul Francis O’Boyle.  Paul, who was also known as ‘Fez’, was 58 years old and from Rasharkin.


Detective Inspector Claire McGarvey said:  


“A 56-year-old man was arrested this morning, 26 April, on suspicion of murder, and remains in custody at this time.



“Our enquiries continue, and I’m keen to reiterate our appeal for anyone with information to please come forward.  Please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1944 of 16/04/2023”Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org."


The 56-year-old man was previously arrested on 17 April, and subsequently charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to appear before Court on 15 May.


Details of Mr O'Boyle's funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed, however McKiernans Funeral Directors have posted the following notice:


"We regret to inform you of the passing of Paul 'Fez' O'Boyle R.I.P. (Rasharkin)


"O’Boyle (Rasharkin) 24th April 2023.


"Peacefully surrounded by his loving family Paul ‘Fez’ R.I.P. late of 23 Moneyleck Park, Rasharkin.


"Beloved husband of Sarah; son of the late Gerry and Pauline; loving brother of Geraldine and Colum and a much loved uncle and friend.


"St. Francis pray for Him.


"Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum"



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