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Disabled man found dead in care home ‘had bruised neck’

The family of a disabled man at the centre of a murder probe say there were bruises on his neck after he was found dead at a care home in Co Antrim.

Seamus McCollum died at Maine Nursing Home in Randalstown last September. His family at first believed it was a natural death.

A murder inquiry was launched two weeks ago after a post-mortem and autopsy report revealed more about his death.

The 56-year-old, who had cerebral palsy and needed specialist care, had lived at the care home for nine years.

His sister was the last family member to see him alive, as she cared for him in the hours before he died.

She said she noticed a small mark on his wrist, but a short time later he was found dead with bruising on his neck.

Police say their investigation is still at an early stage.

The owners of Maine Nursing Home have previously said they will fully co-operate with the PSNI.

Police said they were not looking at any other deaths at the home.

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