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Pensioner murder probe stalls after three-year investigation

By John Mulgrew

Efforts to find the killer of an Armagh woman murdered three years ago have effectively stalled, according to police.

Eileen Corrigan (62) was found strangled in her home at Boyd's Row in Armagh in October 2008.

During an inquest yesterday, the police officer who led the initial inquiry said she believed robbery was the motive of the murder.

Retired Chief Inspector Deborah McMaster said police had no strong evidence and no key suspect.

She was asked by the coroner if the case may benefit from being featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme, but said while information from the public could hold the key to solving the case, there was little forensic evidence to back up leads.

It is understood Mrs Corrigan’s home had been in a state of disrepair which had seriously hampered attempts to retrieve forensic evidence.

According to Deborah McMaster, police had come to the conclusion that the killer had been known to Mrs Corrigan and he or she was familiar with her movements.

The coroner recorded that Mrs Corrigan had been killed by |ligature strangulation around four days before her body was discovered.

Mrs Corrigan, who had lived alone since her husband’s death in 1996, was described as “quiet and inoffensive” and was well known in the local community.

There were fears among the Armagh community that her murder could have been the first of many after her friend and neighbour Victor Stewart was found beaten to death in the weeks after her killing.

Mr Stewart (45) was murdered in a savage attack just two weeks after the body of Mrs Corrigan was found at her isolated home on October 6, 2008.

He was found at his farmhouse on the Creevekeeran Road, Middletown.

Peter Joseph Moloney has since been charged with his death.

Earlier this year during his trial, a High Court heard that Mr Stewart was murdered in a “robbery gone wrong”.

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