Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Firearm found at farm deaths scene

The scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found shot dead in a farmhouse

Police have recovered a firearm at a farm where a farmer and his worker were found shot dead in Northern Ireland.

Owner Arthur Gibson, 61, and Michael Murphy, 37, were discovered with gunshot wounds in Glenarm, Co Antrim. Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and are following a definite line of inquiry.

Investigators have carried out an extensive and thorough examination of the house and surrounding buildings and post mortem examinations are due to be carried out tomorrow.

The rural community has been devastated after the men were found dead in an isolated farmhouse, the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) said.

Deputy president Ian Marshall said: "The farming community in the area is close-knit, members work with members, eveyone knows everyone else.

"The community will be shocked at this, people work with each other and people help each other."

At this stage it is understood police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the double shooting.

Mr Murphy had worked for Mr Gibson for many years.

Forensic teams in white overalls were examining the scene, paying particular attention to the hallway of the two-storey white painted house.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "Detectives are aware of speculation regarding this incident and say they are examining a number of possible scenarios and lines of enquiry and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time."

Neighbours helped to milk the cows and keep the Feystown Road farm operating as the police investigation carried on.

Glenarm came to wider public attention earlier this year when severe late winter blizzards enveloped farms in the surrounding hills in a thick blanket of snow, killing thousands of livestock and cutting off many families for days.

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