Northern Ireland

East Belfast murder victim named

Mark Ponisi Image copyright PSNI
Image caption 53-year-old Mark Ponisi was murdered on Saturday

Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man at a flat in east Belfast.

Mark Ponisi's body was found in the living room of a property at London Road off Ravenhill Avenue shortly before 10:00 GMT on Saturday.

A 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested at the scene.

Police said the 53-year-old victim appeared to have sustained a number of injuries to his head and face.

Image caption Emergency services were called to a property at London Road in east Belfast

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Police have said they want to speak to a taxi driver who picked up three males and one female in Belfast city centre at about 02:00 GMT on Saturday before leaving them at London Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "We believe this taxi driver may have information that could prove vital to our investigation and would appeal directly to him to contact the investigation team a Musgrave Street by calling 101 and asking for extension 17712."

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