An armed gang which attempted to rob the office of Messrs Bernard Hughes Ltd, the well-known Belfast bakery concern, on the Springfield Road, yesterday, met with opposition, and in the course of the struggle the managing director of the firm, Mr Edward D Devine, was shot dead by one of the bandits.
The outrage occurred about 10.30am, and as far as can be ascertained three or four men were concerned in the attack.
The body of the unfortunate gentleman was taken to his residence, Edenville, Springfield Road, which is close to the bakery. Mr Devine was a shrewd businessman, and was a most popular employer. Of a retiring disposition he took no part in politics, and was held in the highest esteem by all classes of the community.
The tragedy caused a painful sensation throughout the city, and the awful murder is condemned by all law-abiding people.
No political significance is attached to the outrage, as the object of the raiders was to secure the large sum of money which they knew was to be found in the office.