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'Come Forward' Family of murder victim Jake Bailey-Sloan issue emotional appeal for witnesses

Jake Bailey-Sloan (23) died following an incident in the area of West Street and Mandeville Street in the early hours of Sunday 17th October.

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23-year-old Jake Bailey-Sloan died following an incident in Portadown last month

23-year-old Jake Bailey-Sloan died following an incident in Portadown last month

23-year-old Jake Bailey-Sloan died following an incident in Portadown last month

The family of a young man who was fatally injured after a night out in Portadown last month have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Jake Bailey-Sloan (23) died following an incident in the area of West Street and Mandeville Street in the early hours of Sunday 17th October.

Jake’s heartbroken father Ross Sloan spoke at the scene of the attack in Portadown on Tuesday as police issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to help with the investigation.

He said that the outpouring of support and tributes for Jake across Portadown has been “unreal” but the lack of witnesses coming forward from the night is “hard to take.”

“If you saw anything at all through the course of the evening, inside or outside any of these premises please come forward,” he said.

“I know it is not easy … but come forward and speak to police.

“Likewise, if you know that your kids were out that particular weekend, talk to them, if they’ve seen something, encourage them to come forward because we just need to know what happened and accountability.”

Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney, senior investigating officer in the case, said that despite the high number of people socialising in the area at the time, “no additional witnesses have come forward” to police.

He said: “To date, we have had an issue where we have not had a significant number of people coming forward and I am appealing today for anyone who was in this area on Saturday October 16th into the early hours of Sunday October 17th to please come forward to us and make yourselves known.

“If you have any information whatsoever, no matter how insignificant you believe it is, it may assist our inquiry.

“I know from looking at CCTV in the area, there have been multiple people in the area at the time when the incident occurred... so if you saw anything at all, no matter how insignificant, come forward to police and make us aware of it.

“This is a young man who went out, no one expected that to happen that night. He’s come out on the street and he is now dead.

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“We need to find out the truth, the absolute truth about what has occurred, and try and help Jake’s family,” he added.

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