Third arrest over Randalstown murder

Police are treating the death of a man in his 60s near Randalstown as murder. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

Police are treating the death of a man in his 60s near Randalstown as murder. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

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A third person has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a Randalstown businessman.

The 65-year-old victim was on his way home from work with his wife in the early hours of Thursday when their vehicle was forced off the Caddy Road.

He was fatally stabbed but his 57-year-old wife managed to run to a nearby house for help.

The woman suffered wounds to her hands and head, and has since undergone surgery for non-life threatening injuries.

Flowers have been left outside their business, the Double Value Chinese take-away in the town, with locals taking to social media to offer their condolences and to condemn the attack on the couple.

Police believe their vehicle was forced off the road by two other vehicles and that the couple were approached by a number of people.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “The couple were attacked and a sum of cash taken from them.”

He added that there was no suspicion of a hate motive.

Police arrested two people in connection with the murder and robbery - a woman aged 31 and a man aged 29 - on Thursday afternoon.

A third person - a man aged 30 - was arrested by investigating officers in the early hours of Friday.

All three remain in police custody.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw vehicles moving along Caddy Road between 11:30pm on Wednesday night and 1am on Thursday morning to contact them on 101.

They also want to speak 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.