10 January 2006

Searches over schoolboy's killing

BBC


Thomas Devlin was murdered as he walked home from a sweet shop

Police investigating the murder of a schoolboy in north Belfast last year have carried out searches in the area.

Thomas Devlin, 15, died after being stabbed five times as he and two friends walked along Somerton Road on 10 August.

On Tuesday, police searched an area in the Mount Vernon district and took away items for scientific examination.

A number of premises in the area were also searched in December and a number of items seized.

In September, the PSNI confirmed the prime suspects in the inquiry were two young men with a black and white dog.

Sweets

Thomas, a student at Belfast Royal Academy, was a talented musician who played the horn at school.

He had just bought sweets from a nearby shop and was on his way home when he was stabbed in the back five times.

His 18-year-old friend was injured in the attack, but not seriously. A 16-year-old boy managed to escape.

A number of people detained for questioning about the murder were subsequently released without charge.

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