PSNI hold two men over schoolboy's murder

Two men have been arrested by detectives in the North investigating the murder of Belfast schoolboy Thomas Devlin.

Two men have been arrested by detectives in the North investigating the murder of Belfast schoolboy Thomas Devlin.

The 15-year-old was stabbed as he walked along the city’s Somerton Road with two friends after buying sweets at a garage.

A police spokeswoman confirmed both men were arrested in North Belfast in connection with the murder on August 10.

It is understood one of the men was arrested last night while the second was taken into custody this morning.

Thomas, a Catholic, was stabbed five times in the back during the motiveless attack.

One friend, aged 18, was injured in the incident but a second, aged 16, managed to escape.

The murder sent shockwaves through the affluent Somerton Road area of north Belfast where he lived, which had largely escaped the violence of neighbouring areas.

The teenager’s parents, Jim and Penny, were joined by dozens of Belfast Royal Academy pupils for his funeral service last month.

Father Sean Emerson told mourners that the brutal and senseless murder of the talented musician had forced people to question what was wrong with society in Northern Ireland.

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