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Wednesday 26 July 2017

PSNI refuse to reveal details of murder-suicide

Phillip Hull and his wife Sharon had recently separated
Phillip Hull and his wife Sharon had recently separated

Emily Moulton

POLICE in Northern Ireland last night refused to reveal exactly how a mother-of-three was killed in a grisly murder-suicide.

It is believed doorman Phillip Hull (34) took his own life after killing his wife Sharon (33) at their Carnbeg Meadows home in Antrim town during the early hours of Saturday. The couple had recently separated.

A post mortem has been carried out, but the results have not yet been released.

Initially it was reported the mother-of-three had been stabbed to death. However, police said last night that this was incorrect.

It is unclear how the Ernst & Young chartered accountant died but it is believed she may have been strangled in her home, which is up for sale.

Police believe Mr Hull killed his wife following an argument at the couple's Antrim home during the early hours of Saturday. He then drove eight miles to a secluded car park at Tardree Forest and gassed himself in his car.

There have also been reports that Mr Hull phoned a relative minutes before he took his own life informing them of what he had done, but these have not been confirmed.

A PSNI spokeswoman said reports that Mrs Hull had been stabbed were incorrect, but refused to reveal the exact cause of death at the request of the families.

Distress

"Reports in the media that the lady was stabbed are incorrect and have caused great distress to the family," she said.

"The findings of the post mortem which was carried out is a matter for the coroner's office.

"The families have requested that no further details are released," the spokeswoman added.

Meanwhile, police investigating the deaths have renewed an appeal for information.

Mr Hull's body was found in a car parked in Tardree Forest near Antrim, and police want to trace his movements between 2am and 6am on Saturday.

Police also want to talk to anyone who heard a disturbance at about 3am in the area.

While detectives are not searching for anyone else in connection with the two deaths, they are trying to establish the chain of events.

Mrs Hull's body was discovered by her mother at about 8.30am on Saturday. Neighbours reported hearing her screams as she came across the horrific scene.

The body of Mr Hull was found a short time later.

Irish Independent

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