Armagh murder a ‘frenzied attack’

September 14, 2010

Police have said a man murdered in Armagh last week was stabbed in a brutal attack on a vulnerable person.

Kevin Fletcher, 32, was found dead at his flat in Castle Street last Friday morning.

Police have renewed their appeal for information on the “unprovoked” attack.

The detective leading the murder inquiry said it was ‘a frenzied attack on a man who lived alone and was unable to defend himself against someone intent on causing utterly horrific injuries’.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said Kevin’s family and friends are ‘inconsolable with grief.’

He said police were following a number of lines of enquiry but no motive had yet been established.

Police want to trace Mr Fletcher’s last movements and appealed for anyone who saw a man walking a brown terrier or the dog on its own between 10.30pm on Thursday 2 September and 11.45am the following day to contact them.

“It was usual for Kevin to walk his dog around the apartment complex where he lived at around 11pm,” said DCI Harkness.

“We know that Kevin was at a local bingo hall with his mother until around 10pm last Thursday night.  Kevin’s father took Mrs Fletcher to a local bar and then took Kevin home, where he stayed and watched television with him until approximately 10.30pm.”