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Murder investigation launched after man dies following assault outside pub

James McDonagh was assaulted early yesterday morning outside the Elk Inn in Toomebridge, near Belfast.

elk The Elk Inn, Toomebridge Source: Google Maps

A MAN HAS died following an assault outside a pub in Toomebridge, near Belfast.

28-year-old James McDonagh, who was originally from the nearby Castledawson area, passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast from serious injuries inflicted early yesterday morning outside the Elk Inn in the village.

Three men, aged 20, 24, and 52, were arrested late last night in the Toomebridge area in connection with the incident. They remain in police custody in Belfast..

Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch have launched a murder investigation.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact the incident room at Magherafelt on the non-emergency number 101,” said Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan, the officer leading the murder investigation.

Alternatively, anyone who does not wish to provide their personal details can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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