Man arrested in connection with Robert McCartney murder investigation

Wednesday 27 February 2013 15.34
Robert McCartney died in 2005 after being stabbed and beaten
Robert McCartney died in 2005 after being stabbed and beaten

A man has been arrested in south Armagh in connection with the murder of Robert McCartney in January 2005.

The 51-year-old was detained in Jonesborough this morning and a property there was searched.

He is being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police base.

Mr McCartney, a father-of-two from the Short Strand area of Belfast, was beaten and stabbed after a row at a bar close to the city centre in January 2005.

The 33-year-old died later in hospital.

His sisters, who have accused republicans of covering up the killing and intimidating witnesses, launched a campaign for justice that took them to the White House in the United States.

To date no-one has been convicted.