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Lisburn murder victim Paul Smyth 'hadn't left home in 16 years', funeral told

Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday
Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday

By John Toner

Lisburn murder victim Paul Smyth was described as a lonely man who hadn’t left his home in over 16 years at his funeral today.

Mr Symth (50) was found shot dead in the living room of his Coulson Avenue home last Friday.

During a funeral service at St. Patrick’s Church in Chapel Hill, Lisburn, Fr Eamon Magorrian said former painter and decorator Paul was a quiet man who had struggled with agoraphobia for well over a decade.

The cleric also described him as a man of faith who was wearing his rosary beads when he was brutally gunned down.

Paul Smyth
Paul Smyth

Addressing a congregation of several hundred friends and family Rev Magorrian said: “I did not have the privilege of getting to know Paul during his lifetime. He led such a quiet, secluded and hidden life.

“His family kindly told me about his life and his close bond with his beloved mother. His career as a painter and decorator and how he suffered in later life with agoraphobia, not able to leave his house for the last 16 years of his life.

“I can only imagine the kind of sad and lonely life he must have lived not being able to leave the house for all those years but he had his faith in Christ. He kept his rosary around his neck every day of his life and was wearing it when he died.

Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday
Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday

“He expressed his faith in his own way and I suspect Christ our lord has got a special wee place in his house for Paul and people like him leading lonely lives. I can be sure he has already received a warm welcome from Christ.”

During the requiem mass a niece of Mr Smyth’s gave a reading from the bible before his remains were interred at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Lisburn.

James Holmes, from Lawmount Crescent in Lisburn and James McVeigh, from Ward Avenue in Lisburn, are jointly charged with Paul Smyth's murder and have both been remanded in custody.

Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday
Hundreds of mourners gathered for Paul Smyth's funeral at St Patrick's Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday

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