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Crimewatch appeal over 1996 Simon Tang murder

The murder of a Chinese businessman in Carrickfergus 16 years ago will feature on the BBC's Crimewatch programme tonight.

Simon Tang (28) was beaten and robbed as he left his Good Future take-away business on the Woodburn Road on Saturday, 24th June 1996. He was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries the following day. The attack is believed to have been carried out by two youths, who stole the night's takings and Mr. Tang's watch.

Mr Tang's widow, Betty (42) told Crimewatch she is 'heartbroken' at her husband's death and described the difficulties she has faced in bringing up her two sons as a single parent. Betty and her children, Kevin (19) and Colin (16), still live in Northern Ireland.

Police would like to speak to two men who were seen walking up Ellis Street towards the Good Future take-away restaurant at around midnight on the night of Mr Tang's death. Detectives are also keen to speak to a woman who contacted the Mater hospital on the night of the murder asking about the condition of the 'Chinese man' assaulted.

The officer involved in the Crimewatch appeal, Detective Inspector Peter Montgomery, said: “We are making progress but we hope peole watch it and pick up the phone if they can help us. This was a racist attack on a decent man going about his lawful business. It robbed Simon Tang of his life and it deprived his family of the love and support they deserve."

The Crimewatch appeal will be be broadcast tonight on BBC1 at 9pm. Police would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the murder to contact them on 07585 228 283 or via email at

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