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Police renew appeal over murder of man beaten and shot three years ago


The Ballymoney house where Brian McIlhagga was murdered in 2015

The Ballymoney house where Brian McIlhagga was murdered in 2015

Brian McIlhagga

Brian McIlhagga

The Ballymoney house where Brian McIlhagga was murdered in 2015

Police investigating the "brutal" murder of a man have made a fresh appeal for information on the third anniversary of his death.

Brian McIlhagga was beaten by a gang of masked men and shot in the leg in Ballymoney on January 5, 2015.

The 42-year-old was visiting a friend in Riverview Park when the gang entered the house, brutally assaulted him and took him out through the front door before shooting him.

He died at the scene from his injuries.

The attack occurred when four young children under the age of 13 were in the house.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, said: "This was a vicious and brutal attack on a man who was enjoying a visit with a friend when his life was brought to a savage end.

"We have made arrests in this investigation but, no one has been charged with this horrific act.

"The devastation on Mr McIlhagga's loved ones and his circle of friends as a result of this horrific murder by cowards has been unimaginable."

DCI Harvey said he believed some in the community can help bring the killers to justice.

He added: "I believe there are people out there who have information about the men behind the masks, and those involved in this murder.

"I would urge those people to think about the information they hold, and to do the right thing. I urge them to think 'what if this was your loved one?'

"No matter how small or insignificant you think this information might be, please come forward - it could make a difference and bring those responsible for the murder of Brian McIlhagga before the courts, and some much-needed justice for Brian McIlhagga and his loved ones."

DCI Harvey appealed to anyone who saw or heard anything in the Riverview Park area between 10pm and 11pm on Monday, January 5, 2015, to contact police.

He added: "I want to hear from anyone who saw men or vehicles moving in and around the area.

"Anyone with any information can contact detectives at Maydown police station on the non-emergency number 101.

"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."

Belfast Telegraph