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‘We are in no doubt that there are people in the community who know identity of those involved’

Thursday, 12 January 2017

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Ballymena man Brian McIlhagga in Ballymoney have renewed their appeal for information on the second anniversary of his death.
The 42 year-old father of five was beaten and shot by a group of masked men who dragged him from a house in Riverview Park just before 10.30pm on 5 January 2015.
A 33 year-old woman who lived in the house was also assaulted by the gang and four children in the property were traumatised.
Brian was shot in both legs outside the house. Tragically, he died at the scene.
The attackers are believed to have made off along a walk way running along Riverview Park in the direction of Ballymoney train station.
Brian was from Ballymena and worked as a plasterer. He was a friend of the woman who lived in the house and had been a visitor in the months leading up to the attack.
Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have made 12 arrests since Brian's death. No-one has yet been charged, however, a team of officers continue to actively investigate his murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, who is leading the investigation, said: "On the second anniversary of Brian's murder our thoughts are foremost with his family, his parents, his five children and friends who are still grieving.
“We are continuing in our efforts to bring those responsible for this heinous crime to justice and I would ask that anyone with information, no matter how small, comes forward to police.
“We are in no doubt that there are a number of people in the community who know the identity of those involved in Brian's murder and I would urge them to look to their consciences.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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