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Friend discovered body of David Murphy after shotgun attack - Rural community 'shattered' says Paisley

Police have revealed that a friend of David Murphy found him dead at his home on Tuesday, after he had been shot twice with what they believe was a shotgun.

The body of the 52-year-old livestock farmer was found at his home on the Church Road in Glenwherry, a small rural community between Ballymena and Larne.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Mr Murphy's body on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Murphy was known to police and had previously been accused of possessing firearms and ammunition, and having the items in his possession for an act of terrorism for the UVF.

He was accused of blackmail and threats to kill last March and had been bailed after denying the charges.

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The window of Mr Murphy's home. Credit: Pacemaker.

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said the local community had been left shocked by the murder.

"This part of my constituency is a very rural, remote and quiet area - a place where people would notice tranquillity, not terrorism," he told the BBC.

"What has happened here has shattered that silence.

"There is no room for gun law in this society - there's nothing justified about a man picking up a gun and taking a man's life no matter what the circumstances are."

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The forensics team outside the home of David Murphy. Credit: Pacemaker.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said that police were looking for "assistance from the public to understand who David Murphy was".

DUP MP Ian Paisley
DUP MP Ian Paisley

Speaking at a PSNI press conference Detective Superintendent Murphy said that police were looking to establish a timeline of Mr Murphy's movements between Saturday and Tuesday lunchtime when his body was found.

He said that police did not have enough detail surrounding David Murphy's last movements and who last saw him alive.

Detective Superintendent Murphy said police wanted to learn about his "lifestyle and associations" to understand if these were relevant to his murder.

He appealed for anyone with any information and members of public in who may have been in the area of Church Road between Saturday and Tuesday to come forward.

The forensics team outside the home of David Murphy. Credit: Pacemaker.
The forensics team outside the home of David Murphy. Credit: Pacemaker.
The home of David Murphy: Credit: Pacemaker.

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