Belfast Telegraph

Progress in 1996 racist murder case

Detectives have identified new lines of inquiry in their investigation of the racist murder of a Chinese takeaway owner in Carrickfergus 16 years ago.

Simon Tang was beaten and robbed as he left his business, the Good Future on Woodburn Road, on June 24 1996 and died in hospital the following day. The attack was carried out by two youths who stole his watch and the night's takings - less than £400.

The 28-year-old businessman was married with two sons, and had studied architecture at Oxford University.

Nobody has been charged with the murder.

However after reviewing the case detectives from the PSNI's serious crime branch decided to reopen the investigation. The Chinese Welfare Association has offered a £15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Mr Tang's killers.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Crawford said: "We are making progress but we need people to tell us what they know about Simon's murder and who was involved. I would appeal to everyone in the community to think about what they know and do the right thing and provide any information to police.

"It is also casting a shadow over the entire community in Carrickfergus who want nothing to do with racism or criminality. But it is a shadow which can be lifted if people come forward and tell us what they know.

"The community need confidence to do this. Police officers are working hard at conducting a thorough and professional investigation into the murder of Simon Tang.

"Our investigation would also be greatly assisted by political representatives and influential members of the community encouraging people to come forward and work with police so that Carrickfergus can unite against those criminals involved in the murder of an innocent man."

The police are particularly keen to hear from a woman who rang the Mater Hospital in Belfast after the attack enquiring about "the condition of a Chinese man beat up in Carrick".

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