Detectives from Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team, investigating the murder of 23 year old Jake Bailey-Sloan who died following an incident in Portadown Town centre in the early hours of Sunday 17th October 2021, have revisited the scene and issued a renewed appeal for information.
At a media facility held in Portadown on Tuesday 16 November, Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: “The investigation team and local officers revisited the West Street and Mandeville Street areas of Portadown town centre again on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, to speak with people and distribute flyers appealing for information.
“Despite there being large number of people socialising in the area on Saturday 16th October into the early hours of Sunday 17th October, no additional witnesses have come forward to tell us what they saw.
“I know there were a number of altercations both inside local licensed premises and in the area of West Street and Mandeville Street during Saturday evening and into the early hours of Sunday 17th of October. I need anyone who witnessed any incident, no matter how minor they may have appeared, or anyone who was in the West Street and Mandeville Street areas of Portadown town centre, between 1:30am and 3:30am on Sunday 17th of October, particularly if they witnessed any fights or verbal disagreements in that area, to contact the investigation team.
“While we have examined CCTV footage and are aware of what happened, I need anyone with information, even if they think it might be irrelevant, to examine their conscience, come forward and tell us what they know.
“After going to enjoy a night out in town, a young man lost his life. His family and friends are grieving and deserve to know what happened.
“I am again appealing to those motorists who were in the area at the time, to come forward and make contact with Major Investigation Team detectives in Gough on 101, quoting reference number 569 17/10/21.
“A report can also be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”