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Lisburn murder victim named as Paul Smyth

Paul Smyth was found dead at his home in Lisburn on Friday night. Credit: PSNI
Paul Smyth was found dead at his home in Lisburn on Friday night. Credit: PSNI
Police at the scene at Coulson Avenue. Credit: Press Eye
Police carry out overnight searches in the Ivan Street area of Lisburn following the murder of a 50 y/o just two streets away on June 23rd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police carry out overnight searches in the Ivan Street area of Lisburn following the murder of a 50 y/o just two streets away on June 23rd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A man found murdered at his home in Lisburn has been named as 50-year-old Paul Smyth.

Mr Smyth's body was found at his house in Coulson Avenue on Friday evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Paul was found in his living room at around 8.45pm on Friday night, 21 June.

"Three men aged 49, 32, 28 years old and a 28 year old woman have been arrested in the Lisburn area on suspicion of murder and remain in custody at this time.

“I am appealing for anyone with information that could potentially assist the investigation to please get in touch by calling 101. Or alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Detectives also conducted two searches in the Lisburn area and a number of items were seized.

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Police carry out overnight searches in the Ivan Street area of Lisburn following the murder of a 50 y/o just two streets away on June 23rd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

One friend of Mr Smyth told Q Radio at the scene: "We grew up with him, him and his sister, he was a good wee soul. He would have done anything for you."

Another said: "He was one of the kindest men you would ever meet, he would have done anything for you. A kind-hearted soul, just didn't deserved what happened to him."

DUP councillor for Lisburn North, Jonathan Craig, said the police had told him they had a "very clear line of inquiry".

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Police carry out overnight searches in the Ivan Street area of Lisburn following the murder of a 50 y/o just two streets away on June 23rd 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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