Police say Ballymena murder was "brutal" as victim's name is released

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The murder scene on the Galgorm Road

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Police have described the murder of a man in Ballymena yesterday as "brutal".

Meanwhile detectives investigating the killing have released the name of the victim as 67 year old Inayat Shah.

A 51 year old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

The attack happened yesterday afternoon on the Galgorm Road and despite the efforts of the emergency services the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 36 year old man was admitted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 67 year old man in Ballymena. It follows a suspected stabbing at a house on the Galgorm road yesterday afternoon. A 36 year old man was admitted to hospital. A 51 year old man has been arrested. pic.twitter.com/RfoLa2OHtr

The murder scene on the Galgorm Road in Ballymena

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Mr Shah died from injuries sustained in an incident on the Galgorm Road at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.  

“My investigation into this brutal murder is ongoing and I continue to appeal for anyone who was on Galgorm Road yesterday afternoon and who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives.

“I am particularly keen to speak with anyone who was driving on the Galgorm Road in the area of the PSNI Station or the Bus Station between 3.30pm and 3.45pm and who has dash cam or mobile phone footage to get in touch with detectives at the Incident Room in Ballymena PSNI Station on 101 quoting reference 863 21/03/20.”

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 that gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

WATCH: Police have cordoned off the Galgorm Road in Ballymena and asked people to avoid the area. There are no further details at this time. pic.twitter.com/40IvF59Ofe



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