Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Glenarm farm killings: Post-mortems confirm Arthur Gibson and Michael Murphy were shot

PSNI confirm both men died from shotgun wounds

Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead
Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead
Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead
Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead
Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead
Activity at the scene in Feystown Road, Glenarm, Co Antrim, where two men were found dead

Police have confirmed two men found dead at a farmhouse in Co Antrim died as the result of shotgun wounds.

The pair - who were blasted to death after a double shooting on an isolated farmhouse outside the village of Glenarm on Friday evening - have been named as farmer Arthur Gibson and his labourer Michael Murphy.

Police were at the scene on the Feystown Road on Friday night after they were found in the property around a mile from the village at 5.15pm.

It is believed that Mr Gibson, who was in his early 60s, owned the property where the bodies were found by a farm worker.

The respected farmer lived alone, had no children and had lived there all his life.

On Sunday afternoon police said post-mortems had been carried out on both men and attributed their deaths to shotgun blasts.

A spokesman said the investigation team was not seeking anyone else in connection with the two deaths.

Local people said the farm had been passed down from generation to generation.

"Art was a hard-working man and a good farmer – a proper gentleman who kept to himself," said former Larne mayor Gerardine Mulvenna.

"He was very well known and thought of in farming circles."

Mr Murphy is originally from nearby Larne but had moved to the Glenarm area.

He had a partner and young children.

He was in his 20s or 30s and had been a labourer for the farmer for a few years.

Sources said the two men had been friends for a long time before the tragedy.

A PSNI spokesman said: "An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths is under way.

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan said people were "in a state of shock".

"The thoughts in the area are of disbelief, absolute shock and horror at what has happened.

"This is a very close-knit community, everyone gets on very well and knows each other very well, and for this to happen is totally shocking," he said.

Assembly member for the area Stewart Dickson said: "This is an absolutely shocking incident, which has left the village and the surrounding community in shock.

"My thoughts are with the families and friends of the deceased and would call for anyone with any information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible."

The Alliance MLA added: "I hope the police will be able to determine what was behind this tragic incident."

SDLP Councillor Martin Wilson said: “I want to convey my deepest sympathies to the families of the two men who have lost their lives following a tragic incident at a farm on the Feystown Road.

“The entire community will be united in their sense of grief at this shocking and disturbing occurrence.

“Both men were well-known and their untimely deaths will be met with disbelief by those living in the community.

“All our thoughts and prayers are surely with the families at this very difficult time.”

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