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Philip Strickland killing: Co Down farmer Jimmy Seales guilty of murder

By Ashleigh McDonald

Co Down farmer Jimmy Seales has been found guilty of murdering Comber man Philip Strickland.

Following a six-week trial held at Belfast crown Court, the jury took over six hours to reach a unanimous guilty verdict against 56-year old Seales.

Mr Strickland, a 37-year old farm labourer, died on the outskirts of Comber on January 11, 2012.

He was shot in the leg at a yard on the Ballyglighorn Road before being bundled into the boot of his own car and driven a short distance to the Ballydrain Road, where he was shot in the face at point blank range.

The father-of-four, from Ballykeel Road in Hillsborough, has always denied being present. However, several witnesses including his son Ian Weir, placed him at the scene, armed with a shotgun.

As well as being found guilty of murder, the jury also found Seales guilty of possession of a firearm with intent.

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