Northern Ireland

Man found dead in car boot killed in 'frenzied attack'

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Image caption The body of 23-year-old Kyle Neil was found in the boot of a car in Belfast

A man whose body was discovered in the boot of a car in south Belfast was stabbed to death in a "frenzied attack", police have said.

The body of Kyle Neil, 23, from north Belfast, was discovered at Windsor Road, off the Lisburn Road, on Sunday.

A man and a woman in their 20s have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police say Mr Neill, a father of a three-year-old daughter, was at a party in Comber in County Down on Saturday night.

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Media captionDetective Chief Inspector John McVea said Mr Neil was stabbed to death in a "frenzied attack"

They believe he was murdered after the party at Church Gate apartments on Mill Street in the town.

His body was then placed in boot of in a blue Ford Fiesta before being driven to Island Hill car park on the shore of Strangford Lough and then on to Windsor Road.

Mr Neill's body was found at around 07.30 BST on Sunday morning after a member of the public contacted police.

Image caption Police say the car containing Kyle Neil's body was driven to Island Hill car park on the shore of Strangford Lough

A man, aged 26, and a woman, aged 25, were arrested at Windsor Road and remain in custody.

Det Chief Insp John McVea confirmed that a knife was used in the attack, which is not being linked to paramilitary activity.

"We are following a number of definite lines of enquiry. A post mortem examination is due to take place but I can confirm that Mr Neil had been stabbed," he said.

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Image caption Police have appealed for anyone who saw the car on Sunday morning between 02:00 and 07:00 BST to contact them

"I am appealing for information about Mr Neil's movements on Saturday, and the movements of the blue Ford Fiesta car in which his body was found, between the hours of 02:00 and 07:00 BST on Sunday morning."

Police investigators have now left the scene at Windsor Road and the car that Mr Neill's body was discovered in has been removed.

Mr McVea said police are appealing to anyone who saw Mr Neil on Saturday in Comber to come forward.

He also appealed for information about the car Mr Neil's body was found in.

Image caption Searches have been carried out at an apartment block in Comber

"I also want to speak to anyone who saw the blue Ford Fiesta car, registration number HJZ 2135, between the hours of 02:00 and 07:00 BST on Sunday morning in the Comber area," he said.

"Possibly at the Island Hill tourist amenity car park on the shore of Strangford Lough between Comber and Newtownards and anywhere between Comber and Windsor Road in south Belfast."

Local resident Conaire Lynch said he and his housemates were shocked by the discovery close to their home and now feel unsafe in the area.

"We walk up and down this street every day to get our shopping, and the thought that something like this could happen on our street is very scary," he said.

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