Questioning of man continues over death of father of five

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey speaks to the media at the scene of the murder in Ballymoney. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey speaks to the media at the scene of the murder in Ballymoney. PICTURE STEVEN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch were last night questioning three men about the murder of father-of-five Brian McIlhagga in Ballymoney.

Mr McIlhagga, 42, suffered a brutal beating and was shot once in the leg by a masked gang outside a house at Riverview Park just before 10.30pm on Monday.

Police arrested a third man, 31, in the town yesterday afternoon about the murder. Last night he and another 22-year-old arrested on Thursday remained in custody. A 46-year-old man arrested on Thursday was last night released.

On Thursday police extended the scope of their appeal for information to include the railway station in Ballymoney which is in the same general area as the house at Riverview Park where Brian was attacked.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the station, close to the station or on a train passing through the station between 10.20pm and 10.30pm on Monday night.

They may have seen a number of men in this vicinity and they may be able to assist the investigation, police believe. The actual cause of Mr McIlhagga’s death is not publicly known as the results of the post-mortem have not been released.

A PSNI spokeswoman said on Wednesday that police were “not in a position to disclose the results of the post-mortem”.

Anyone with any information can contact detectives at Ballymoney on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.