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Co Armagh body: now it’s murder

By Matthew McCreary and Simon Creer

Published 24/10/2008

Detectives probing the death of a Co Armagh man have said they are treating it as murder.

The body of Victor Stewart, a 45-year-old farmer, was found at his house on the Creevekeeran Road in Middletown. The discovery was made late on Wednesday morning.

A post-mortem was carried out yesterday on the body and last night police confirmed that a murder enquiry had been launched.

Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team are appealing for anyone who was with Mr Stewart in the days before his death to contact them.

“They are also appealing for anyone who was in the Creevekeeran Road area of Middletown between Sunday and Tuesday to call them on the dedicated incident room number on 028 3751 7390,” a PSNI spokesman said last night.

SDLP councillor Noel Gerald Mallon who lives in Middletown said: “There is shock in the community regarding this death. From what I have heard he was sitting in the chair and had lost a lot of blood.”

Sinn Fein councillor Darren McNally also said that the whole community was in complete shock.

“This comes on the back of an incident in Armagh a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “I would appeal for anyone with any information to come forward.”

The discovery of Mr Stewart’s body comes in the same month that the body of 62-year-old Eileen Corrigan was found in her home on Boyd’s Row in Armagh city.

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