Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Glenarm: shooting of farmer Arthur Gibson 'vicious and cruel'

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

The shooting of a farmer by his friend was a vicious and cruel act, mourners at his funeral were told.

The funeral of Arthur Gibson took place in the same church and 24 hours after that of the man believed to have killed him.

The bodies of Michael Murphy (37) and 61-year-old Mr Gibson were discovered at Mr Gibson's farm on Friday.

Both had sustained fatal shotgun wounds and police are not looking for anybody else in connection with the deaths.

It is understood Mr Murphy shot Mr Gibson before turning the gun on himself.

Those at a packed funeral Mass in both men's home village of Glenarm, Co Antrim, were yesterday told Mr Gibson was a "witty, intelligent" man, well-respected in the farming community and renowned for helping others. He gave Mr Murphy, a father-of-four, a job labouring on his farm and the two were said to have been close friends.

Fr McKay described the events as "horrific", adding that the loss of Mr Gibson was a "cruel" and "vicious" blow to his two sisters, brother and wider family circle.

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