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The PSNI have named the three men involved in last night's 'samurai sword' attack

One man was killed and another seriously injured in the assault. Another man has been arrested.

Kirkistown Walk, Belfast
Kirkistown Walk, Belfast

Updated 22.55

A MAN IS dead and another in hospital in Belfast after what is being described as a samurai sword attack.

The PSNI officer leading the investigation into the attack on the Belvoir estate, south Belfast, DCI Richard Campbell, has released a statement as part of an appeal for information from the wider community.

“At one minute before eight o’clock last night police received a call from a concerned member of the public about an incident at a property in the Belvoir estate,” Campbell said.

At the property officers arrested a 46 year old man, Albert Armstrong, and recovered a Samurai-type sword in a car parked nearby, a blue Mazda 6.
As a result of information received at the first property, officers  then forced entry to a house at Kirkistown Walk also on the Belvoir estate and found two men seriously injured in the living room.
An ambulance was called but one of the men, 47 year old Colin Lindsay, who resided at the property, was pronounced dead.
The other man, 52 year old Stanley Wightman, was in a serious condition. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he underwent surgery and his condition today is described as critical. He has significant injuries to his neck and arm.

There are suggestions that Wightman may have lost his arm as a result of the attack.

“We are following a number of lines of enquiry but at the same time are keeping an open mind on what happened and why it happened,” said Campbell.

We are taking the unusual step of naming the three men who we believe were involved in this incident as part of our appeal for information to the local community.
We want to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Colin Lindsay, Stanley Wightman or Albert Armstrong at any time yesterday or who knows anything about their movements.
We are also appealing for information about the blue Mazda 6 car, registration number FHZ 6126. We want to hear from anyone who saw this car yesterday to contact us.

Anyone with any information can call police on the non-emergency number 101 and ask for detectives at Ladas Drive or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Several reports say that a row broke out after the men had been drinking in the house all day yesterday.

There is no suggestion that the killing is linked to any internal feuding.

Additional reporting Cianan Brennan

Originally published at 9am

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