Two arrested over Caddy Road 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

Police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a man on the Caddy Road, Randalstown.

A woman aged 31, and a man aged 29 are currently being questioned by police.

Detectives investigating the murder of the 65-year-old man have provided more information on the incident and subsequent investigation and appealed for information from the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “At around 12.10am this morning a 57-year-old woman ran for help to a house in the Caddy Road area of Randalstown. The householder made a 999 call to police.

“The woman 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, a 65-year-old man.”

DCI Corrigan said the couple had been driving along the Caddy Road having finished work at their business, a restaurant in Randalstown.

“I believe that their vehicle was forced off the road by two other vehicles and they were approached by a number of people,” DCI Corrigan said.

He added: “The couple were attacked and a sum of cash taken from them. The woman managed to leave the vicinity and raised the alarm at a nearby house. Tragically, the man died at the scene as a result of stab wounds.

“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 1am 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, January 7.”

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 concluded: “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.”