Belfast Telegraph

Glenarm: shooting of farmer Arthur Gibson 'vicious and cruel'

By Chris Kilpatrick

The shooting of a farmer by his friend was a vicious and cruel act, mourners at his funeral were told.

The funeral of Arthur Gibson took place in the same church and 24 hours after that of the man believed to have killed him.

The bodies of Michael Murphy (37) and 61-year-old Mr Gibson were discovered at Mr Gibson's farm on Friday.

Both had sustained fatal shotgun wounds and police are not looking for anybody else in connection with the deaths.

It is understood Mr Murphy shot Mr Gibson before turning the gun on himself.

Those at a packed funeral Mass in both men's home village of Glenarm, Co Antrim, were yesterday told Mr Gibson was a "witty, intelligent" man, well-respected in the farming community and renowned for helping others. He gave Mr Murphy, a father-of-four, a job labouring on his farm and the two were said to have been close friends.

Fr McKay described the events as "horrific", adding that the loss of Mr Gibson was a "cruel" and "vicious" blow to his two sisters, brother and wider family circle.

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