Darren Fawns – Antrim – 1995

August 1995

Boy, 13, is found murdered on golf course


The Royal Ulster Constabulary has launched a murder inquiry after the naked body of a 13-year-old boy was found on the Masserene Golf Course golf course on the shores of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.

The body of Darren Fawns from Antrim was discovered by a Belgian tourist in woodland close to the 11th tee at the Masserene course.

It is understood he had head injuries and was naked.

Darren had been reported missing by his parents and was last seen in the centre of Antrim last Friday night. Detectives believe his body had been lying on the golf course for up to three days. 

Det Supt Sam Kincaid, leading the inquiry, last night issued an appeal to anyone who might know of the teenager’s movements from 7.30pm onwards on Friday.

A post-mortem examination was carried out last night and the teenager’s parents were informed. Details of the preliminary results were not released.

The golf course is close to a camping and caravan park and police have interviewed tourists and holidaymakers staying there as part of their investigation.