Fri, 24 May 2019

CO. ANTRIM, Northern Ireland - The quiet, rural area of Glenwherry has been rocked by this week's murder of cattle and sheep farmer David Murphy.

52-year old Murphy died of two shotgun wounds inflicted at his Glenwherry, Co Antrim farmhouse some time prior to 1:00pm Tuesday afternoon when his body was discovered by a friend.

It is understood Murphy, who is awaiting trial this year on extortion charges, was the victim of a separate attack by four men a few days ago.

Detectives from the PSNIs Major Investigation Team have made an appeal for information.

"David had been shot twice with a shotgun and whilst the post mortem is not yet complete, its my belief he was murdered," Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said Wednesday.

Our investigation is at an early stage, just 24 hours in, but enquiries are already gathering considerable pace and I am appealing to the public for their help."

At this point in time I do not know how many people were involved in Davids murder nor do I have a clear definition around the motive for this brutal attack. These questions form the main focus of my appeal to the public for help. I am very keen to hear from anyone with information about Davids life and his associations. I am particularly keen to understand Davids movements between last Saturday (16th February) and 1pm on Tuesday when his body was discovered. I want to know who he was with and what he was doing. I need this information to assess if his movements over the weekend are of relevance to my investigation," the detective superintendent said.

I would also appeal to anyone who was near 55 Church Road between Saturday and yesterday. Did you see anything at all? Even if you didnt think it was something important, please contact us and let us examine the information to decide if its of relevance. Do you have dash-cam footage which could be of use? I want to speak to delivery drivers who might have been in the area."

I am keeping an open mind about the motive for Davids murder but there is absolutely no justification for what happened. David should have been safe in his home but someone callously shot him in cold blood at some point over the past few days. This was not just an attack on David, it was an attack on his parents and siblings who will have to come to terms with their loss," the PSNI officer said.

The community in Glenwherry have been deeply distressed by this brutal incident which occurred in this normally quiet, rural area. I want to reassure the wider public that there is no evidence that they are at an increased level of risk and we are fully committed to catching Davids killer and recovering the firearm used."

If you have any information which may assist our investigation to call us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 544 of 19/02/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime, Detective Superintendent Murphy said.

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