Murder victim had no known enemies – detective
Detective superintendent Jason Murphy urged against unhelpful speculation over South East Antrim UDA’s potential involvement in Glen Quinn’s death.
A man found murdered in his home had no known enemies, a detective has said.
Glen Quinn, 47, was discovered in Ashleigh Park in the Woodburn area of the town on Saturday night.
He was killed by blunt force trauma.
Detectives are investigating whether loyalist paramilitaries were responsible.
Two men and a woman arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday were later released on bail pending further inquiries.
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said he was aware that Mr Quinn had been assaulted on December 29 and officers were investigating whether that incident was linked to his murder.
Mr Murphy said he was aware of rumours about the involvement of the South East Antrim UDA but he cautioned against what he described as “unhelpful” speculation, claiming that it could hinder the investigation and raise tensions in the area.
South East Antrim UDA, a rogue faction of the paramilitary organisation, has been responsible for several murders in recent years.
“A friend of Glen’s reported a concern for his safety on Saturday,” said Mr Murphy.
“Police officers responded and forced entry to the home where they found Glen’s body.
“We now know he was the victim of an attack, sustaining blunt force trauma that I believe resulted in his death.
“Glen was well-known throughout Carrickfergus and had no known enemies and no reason that we are aware of for anyone to cause him harm.
“We know that Glen was assaulted on December 29 and while he wasn’t badly injured, he was left frightened by the incident and we are working to establish if there is any link between that assault and Glen’s subsequent murder.
“We are aware rumours are circulating regarding the involvement of the South East Antrim UDA in the killing.
“In this type of investigation, rumour and speculation are unhelpful. They have the possibility to raise tensions and put others at risk.
“We want to carry out a sound investigation, not confused by rumour or gossip, and I would encourage people to speak to us directly and tell us what they know so we can establish what the facts are.”
Mr Murphy said he was keen to speak to anyone who had been in contact with Mr Quinn since Christmas Day and to whom he had revealed any concerns.
He urged anyone who could shed light on the motive for the murder or who was responsible for it to come forward.