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Polish Consul offers to help repatriate body of man found dead in Rasharkin

By Allan Preston

Detectives investigating the suspicious death of a Polish man in his 50s in Co Antrim have appealed to the public for information.

The deceased was discovered at an isolated country farmyard on the Townhill Road in Raskarkin on Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said yesterday the death was being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem would take place to determine the cause.

A 36-year-old man, also believed to be of eastern European origin, was arrested as part of the investigation, with police granted an extra 36 hours to question him yesterday. He has now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

“I would like to hear from anyone who was in the Townhill Road area between 10am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday,” DCI Montgomery said.

“Please could anyone with information get in contact with detectives on 101, or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Jerome Mullan, Poland’s honorary consul in Northern Ireland, said he could confirm the man who lost his life was from the country and was known to have had alcohol problems.

He added that the victim was aged around 52 and had a son living here.

“It seems the man was found bare-chested outside the property on Sunday morning, we still don’t know how it happened,” he said.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased man, this is a terrible tragedy for everybody concerned.

“I would also offer my consular assistance, if needed, to repatriate his body back to Poland if that is the family’s wish.”

Sinn Fein North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan said people in the area had been left stunned by the death.

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