Belfast Telegraph

Murder inquiry after man dies in Carrickfergus

Two men and a woman have been arrested.

Police are investigating (Niall Carson/PA)
Police are investigating (Niall Carson/PA)

By David Young and Michael McHugh, PA

Detectives have said they are treating the death of a man in Carrickfergus as murder, potentially at the hands of loyalist paramilitaries.

Glen Quinn, 47, was discovered in Ashleigh Park in the Woodburn area of the town on Saturday night.

Two men and a woman arrested on Monday in connection with what officers were then treating as a sudden death were rearrested on Monday evening on suspicion of Mr Quinn’s murder.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team said he was aware of speculation about the involvement of the South East Antrim UDA.

He confirmed that the potential of loyalist paramilitary involvement would form part of the police investigation.

South East Antrim UDA, a rogue faction of the paramilitary organisation, has been responsible for several murders in recent years.

“I am aware that speculation is circulating that this death is in some way related to the activities of South East Antrim UDA,” said Mr Murphy.

“The investigation remains at a very early stage and it is not yet possible to be definitive about the motivation for this man’s murder but the potential for it to be linked to those associated with paramilitary organisations will form part of our investigation.

“Rumour and speculation within the community is likely to be unhelpful as we seek to establish the circumstances surrounding this man’s death and I would appeal to the community to contact us on 101 or via the Crimestoppers charity with any information they may have about the murder or anyone who may have been involved in it.

“In the coming days we will be working closely with local neighbourhood officers to provide reassurance to the local community and to enable those who wish to speak to police to do so.”

The two detained men are aged 38 and 39 while the woman is 47.

Earlier, Ulster Unionist Assembly member John Stewart said Mr Quinn was well regarded in the community.

“Everyone I spoke to refers to the victim as a lovely and kind-hearted person, someone who was not involved in anything that should lead to this,” he said.

“The family no doubt want answers as quickly as possible and hopefully the police will be able to provide information and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.”

Mid and East Antrim councillor Billy Ashe said Mr Quinn only moved into the area recently.

“It is a decent area and people are upset,” said the DUP representative.

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