Murder probe launched as tributes paid to 'beloved' dad-of-three

Officers were called to Leith Street near the Omni Centre on Friday night and Peter Mullen was taken to hospital.

Tributes paid to ‘beloved’ dad-of-three as murder inquiry launched after Edinburgh Omni Centre disturbance Facebook

A murder inquiry has been launched after a 30-year-old man died after a “disturbance” in Edinburgh on Friday night.

At around 7.45pm on June 2, officers were called to Leith Street near to the junction with Greenside Road by the Omni Centre in the capital.

Peter Mullen, 30, of Edinburgh, suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Royal Infirmary, where he died a short time later.

Following a post mortem examination, his death is being treated as murder.

His relatives are aware and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Enquiries have so far revealed a number of people were involved in the disturbance and a 41-year-old man was also taken to hospital for treatment.

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a minor assault.

She is expected to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court at a later date and a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective chief inspector John Morrison said: “Our thoughts are very much with Peter’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

“We have a dedicated team of officers working on this investigation and I would like to reassure the local community that everything is being done to trace the person responsible.

“Extensive enquiries are ongoing and officers are continuing to gather CCTV footage from the surrounding area.

“We are aware that the area was busy at the time of the incident and we are again encouraging anyone who may have seen or heard a disturbance, to please get in touch.

“We have set up a website that gives members of the public access to a form to send information directly to us.

“Anyone with any CCTV, dashcam or any other footage that they think would assist the enquiry can also send this via this link.

“You can select to remain anonymous when submitting information.

“I’d like to thank the public for their assistance so far and ask anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken with officers to please call 101 quoting incident number 4094 of June 2, 2023.

Alternatively, please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given completely anonymously.

Police have set up a link to a Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) that allows members of the public to send information directly to the public.

Tributes flooded in on social media following the news that the dad-of-three had died.

One person wrote: “Well the news I wouldn’t of thought in a million of years and I had to break the news to our babies that their dad has sadly passed away last night we are heartbroken we had are ups n downs but we did make three beautiful babies and I will be forever grateful for that!! I’ll keep them safe and your memory alive until they meet you again r.i.p”

Another added: “Words cannot describe the pain this has caused, heartbroken is a massive understatement. I will be forever grateful for all the amazing memories we made together and all the laughs we had.

“I can’t believe this has happened. Life will never be the same again.

“I love you so much Peter Mullen, til we meet again.”

A family member wrote: “As a family it is with a heavy heart that we are absolutely devastated to say that we have tragically lost our beloved Son, Father, Brother, Fiancé, Uncle, Nephew, Grandson, Cousin and dear friend Peter Mullen.

“At this sad time the family is still Grieving and we would respect privacy to grieve this sad loss.”

On Sunday, floral tributes were laid near the Omni Centre in Edinburgh along with notes.