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Former PSNI Chief Superintendent Robbie Robinson killed on Mourne hike laid to rest

Retired PSNI Chief Superintendent Robbie Robinson has been laid to rest after falling to his death on the Mourne Mountains on Sunday.

Mr Robinson's funeral was held Seapatrick Holy Trinity Church of Ireland in Banbridge on Wednesday. He was then buried in Banbridge New Cemetery.

The father-of-two and grandfather-of-three (64) died after slipping on muddy ground while walking at the top of Slieve Commedagh with his son Neil.

Neil said his father, who he described as a devoted family man who loved life, had "tumbled".

Unable to see him, Neil alerted the emergency services, who arrived after attending another fatal accident involving father-of-three Sean Byrne on nearby Wee Binnian.

Mr Byrne's funeral took place in Camlough on Monday.

Mr Robinson had served in the police for 33 years, retiring 14 years ago.

"It was just purely a freak accident," said Neil.

"There was wind beforehand, but there wasn't any wind at the time.

"He had easily been up the Mournes hundreds of times.

Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried into the church for the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried into the church for the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th January 2018 Funeral of Robert Robinson at Holy Trinity Church in Banbridge. The 64-year-old former senior RUC officer died on Sunday after an incident in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, Mr Robinson's coffin is carried from the church after the funeral service. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

"We want to dispel any rumours that it was due to the weather. It wasn't the weather in any way, shape or form."

Mr Robinson's wife of 42 years Barbara (62) said she found suggestions that her husband's death was linked to the weather "hurtful".

She described him as a "devoted family man" who looked after his three grandkids.

"He took all the precautions and he wouldn't have taken the chance if he thought it was dangerous," she said.

"He was too experienced for that. He always had everything with him, his kit. He went up on his own manys a time.

"It was his passion. He was doing what he loved best, that gives me comfort."

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