Belfast Telegraph

Police name cut-throat victim

The Chinese restaurant owner who was murdered in front of his wife was Nelson Cheung, police have confirmed.

The 65-year-old father of four was killed after robbers forced his car off the road in a remote area of Northern Ireland.

It is believed his throat was cut.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: "Mr Cheung was a well-liked and well-known man who ran a Chinese restaurant in Randalstown.

"He was a father of four and husband to Mrs Winnie Cheung, who was injured during the attack on the Caddy Road."

Mr Cheung had been travelling home from his Co Antrim business shortly after midnight on Thursday when he was stabbed after being intercepted by two vehicles on a rural road.

He was a well-established trader in Randalstown, running the Double Value restaurant on the town's main street, and his knife attack death has sent shockwaves through the community, councillors said.

Mrs Cheung, who was also in the car but managed to escape, has been treated in hospital for knife wounds. She has since been discharged although is still reeling from the trauma of the attack, police said.

Mr Corrigan added: "Mrs Cheung has been released from hospital but is understandably anguished following the murder of her husband.

"My thoughts and the thoughts of my investigative team are with the Cheung family."

Three people have been arrested and are all being questioned by detectives who do not believe the killing was racially motivated.

The PSNI have also renewed appeals for anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Corrigan said: "We have made three arrests in connection with this murder and our investigation continues. If anyone can assist the investigation please call the serious incident room at Ballymena station on the non-emergency number 101. Or, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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