Monday 11 December 2017

Three held after father-of-two Paul Curran found dead

Paul Curran
Paul Curran

Claire Williamson

A murder investigation has been launched after a 29-year-old man was found dead in an Irish home.

The body of the father-of-two was discovered in the Manor Drive area of the Co Armagh town yesterday afternoon.

It is not yet known how he died, but a post-mortem is set to be carried out.

Police last night arrested two men and a woman, all aged in their 30s.

Tributes have been paid to the victim online who has been named as Paul Curran.

Leading tributes, his cousin posted: "Can't believe I'm writing this. Rest in peace to the bestest cousin. Never will I forget the times I had with you. Love you millions, I'll be missing you."

Another post said: "Hearts broke gonna miss you pal R.I.P Paul Curran".

And another added: "Paul was one of the good guys, always up for a good laugh. Life's too short and this past few months has proved it. Rest in peace."

On Friday a Celtic football top was left at the scene by Mr Curran's family in tribute.

Sinn Fein councillor Liam Mackle said it was a "terrible tragedy" for the family.

"I appeal to anybody with information to bring it forward," he added.

"Everyone is just in shock. Hopefully the police can get information and people in the area will come forward with whatever information they have."

Upper Bann DUP MLA Carla Lockhart expressed her sympathy to the family, calling it a "tragic incident"

She said: "To have a young life cut short in such circumstances is shocking and a cause of concern to the wider community. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, who received the news this afternoon.

"I understand the PSNI has now launched a murder investigation and I would urge anyone with any more details to help in assisting the police with their investigation."

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said: “Paul’s body was discovered inside the house shortly after 2.50pm on Thursday afternoon. A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death and two men and a woman, all aged in their 30s, remain in police custody at this time in relation to the investigation.

“I continue to appeal to anyone with any information which could assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 639 09/03/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Belfast Telegraph

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