Double murder investigation launched after three people found dead in Antrim

Double murder investigation launched after three people found dead in Antrim

The scene at a residential property in the Derrycoole Way, Newtownabbey, after police launched a murder investigation after three bodies were found at separate properties.

Police have launched an investigation after the deaths of two women and a man in an apparent murder-suicide in Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.

It is understood that a man stabbed his mother and girlfriend during an incident on Friday night.

The three bodies were found at separate properties in Newtownabbey.

Detectives investigating the double murder say they are linked and they are not looking for anyone else.

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said police received a report of a stabbing incident at a residential property in the Derrycoole Way area shortly before 11pm.

Police and the ambulance service were called to the scene where a woman was found dead.

“As officers carried out further inquiries, they attended a residential property in the Glenville Road area,” DCI Caldwell added.

“An unconscious man was located in the property."

“Despite the provision of first aid, the man was pronounced dead."

Detectives investigating the double murder say they are linked and they are not looking for anyone else.
Detectives investigating the double murder say they are linked and they are not looking for anyone else.

“On searching the property, another deceased woman was located."

The Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Noreen McClelland said she was "totally shocked" and "distressed" by the news.

"My thoughts and prayers this morning are with the friends and family of the two women who were brutally killed last night."

"This is a close knit community and I know that they will offer every support to those dealing with the pain of losing a loved one in such horrendous circumstances."

Gender-based violence

Politicians said the killings have highlighted once again the need to act on gender-based violence.

Cllr McClelland said it appears "once again" that two women have lost their lives in a violent attack.

"How many more women have to die before our Executive takes action to address gender-based violence?"

North Belfast MP John Finucane said the community was "absolutely shocked" by the killings.

“My first thoughts are with the family and friends of the women who were brutally killed last night."

“It’s important to bear in mind that at the heart of this tragedy are grieving families."

However, he said the killings "highlight once again the need to oppose all violence against women and the need for a Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy in the north.”

Police have appealed for people with information to contact 101 and quote reference number 2441 of 19/03/21. 

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

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