Belfast Telegraph

Randalstown murder: Couple rammed off the road and man stabbed to death - two arrested

A 65-year-old man was stabbed to death after he and his wife were rammed off the road in Co Antrim.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday the 65-year-old man and his wife (57) were driving along the Caddy Road after working at their restaurant in Randalstown, when they were forced off the road by two other vehicles.

They were approached by a number of people, attacked and a sum of cash was taken from them.

The woman managed to run from the scene and raised the alarm at a nearby house - she had suffered wounds to her hands and head.

When police arrived at the scene a short time later, they discovered the body of her husband who died at the scene as a result of stab wounds.

Two people have been arrested.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: "We are not in a position to name the couple at this stage of the investigation. The woman underwent surgery today but her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

“Police have arrested two people in connection with this murder and robbery, a woman aged 31 and a man aged 29. Both are being questioned by detectives at present and there is no suspicion of a hate motivation.

“I would appeal for information from the public, specifically anyone who saw vehicles moving along Caddy Road between 11:30pm on Wednesday night and 1pm on Thursday morning.

“I am also interested in speaking with anyone who may have noticed a black Seat Toledo car, registration number OE62 FRF, in the Randalstown area from around 9pm to midnight on Wednesday 07 January.

“Anyone with information can contact Detectives at a special incident room in Ballymena PSNI station on the non-emergency number 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

DCI Corrigan added: "The Caddy Road remains closed and I understand the impact this is having on the local community. However, this is the scene of a very serious crime and I thank local residents for their patience as we continue our forensic work.”

Alliance Antrim councillor Neil Kelly condemned those responsible for the murder.

Mr Kelly said: "People in the area are shocked at what has taken place. This appeared to be a callous attack by those with no regard for the lives of others. I would condemn those responsible and urge them to hand themselves into the Police.

"I would like to extend my sympathies to this man’s family and friends. I hope that the woman who was also attacked is able to make a full recovery. My thoughts are with her at this difficult time."

"The people responsible for this man’s death are very dangerous individuals who must be urgently apprehended by the Police. They must face justice in the courts, so I would urge anybody with any information about this incident to contact the Police or Crimestoppers."

Sinn Fein MLA for South Antrim Mitchel McLaughlin said the local community was in shock.

Mr McLaughlin said: "The local community in and around Randalstown are shocked by the news of this killing on the Caddy Road last night.

"Randalstown is a quiet, close knit community. This news that the town awoke to is complete unexpected and we are all mindful that a family is now grieving."

"If any one has any information about this tragic incident or saw anything suspicious I would urge them to contact the PSNI."

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