Tuesday, 30 December 2008

King Edward stabbed in Cliftonville

New year celebrations have been marred by a stabbing in Cliftonville last night.

It happened on Northdown Road shortly before 9pm when Edward was being washed in the sink.

After having his skin removed he was cut into four pieces and thrown into boiling water.

Edward, whose brother Frank paid tribute to his "loving" sibling, was thought to be only seven weeks old.

"A courgette, was inconsolable."

Frank, 72 a retired pharmaceutical engineer, said: "We'd been working the fields together for about seven weeks when we both took a truck together to St Nicholas. He went his own way and I went mine. When I heard the news my wife, a courgette, was inconsolable. I don't know how we're going to go on."

Police say the matter remains under investigation but the motive of the attack remains unclear.

"No leeks."

PC Steph Muir said: "At this time of year we're all thinking about our potatoes but perhaps some thought for the turnips and carrots might not go a amiss. As regards to the stabbing and subsequent boiling of Edward we have no leeks."

The farmer has been notified and is due to carry out Sunday lunch early next week.


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