Suspects identified in McIlhagga murder case

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Suspects identified in McIlhagga murder case thumbnailBrian McIlhagga, originally from Ballymena, who was shot dead in Ballymoney two years ago. No one has been charged with his murder and police have launched a new appeal for information.

POLICE investigating the murder of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymoney renewed their appeal for information on the second anniversary of his death, last Wednesday. 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 January 5 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: "Today is the second anniversary of Brian's murder and our thoughts are foremost with his family, his parents, his five children and friends who are still grieving.


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