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Woman (29) quizzed on murder of Northern Ireland businessman

A 29-year-old woman arrested yesterday over the murder of a businessman at his Co Antrim home was released last night by police pending a report to the PPS.

Geoff Kerr was shot dead during a struggle with intruders in Templepatrick on April 27 last year. The woman was detained in the Antrim area and was held at the town's police station. Two men have already appeared in court charged with the murder of the Ballymena-born financial adviser.

Mr Kerr (60), who was married with four sons, was also a member of the Ulster Unionist Party at the time of his brutal murder.

His wife Sally (51) and one of their four sons were in the house on Lylehill Road when he was killed. Mr Kerr worked for several years as an experienced adviser with the St James's Place Partnership — one of the UK's leading wealth management organisations.

He had lived and worked in Ballymena for several years and was also a member of a local gun club.

Mr Kerr had moved to Templepatrick from Ahoghill just over a year before his murder but the move was temporary as he was building a house in Ballymena.

The killing stunned the local community, with neighbours paying tribute to the dead man and his family.

At his funeral at Templepatrick Presbyterian Church, the Rev Richard Kerr, no relation to the victim, said he was “full of life and vitality”.

Rev Kerr added: “To have met him was a privilege, an experience. He drew you in with his chat and charm.

“To know him as a husband and father was to know a man who loved you dearly (and) would have done anything for you.”

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