Northern Ireland

Belfast murder victim Paschal 'Basil' McAfee: Man freed

Paschal 'Basil' McAfee Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Earlier this month, police released CCTV footage of Mr McAfee in an off-licence off the Cavehill Road on the day before his murder

A man arrested over the murder of a man in north Belfast just before Christmas has been released unconditionally.

Paschal 'Basil' McAfee's body was found by his mother at a house in Henderson Avenue, off the Cavehill Road, on 20 December.

Police said the 50-year-old had head wounds consistent with being hit with an axe. He had also been been stabbed with a knife.

A 54-year-old man was arrested in east Belfast on Monday morning.

The police said he was released on Monday evening.

Mr McAfee - who had two children - had only recently moved into the area.

It is understood he was originally from Ardoyne, also in north Belfast.

A 34-year-old man arrested on 23 December as part of the investigation was released unconditionally on Boxing Day.