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Appeal after couple forced off road, robbed and husband stabbed to death

The wife raised the alarm, but her husband died at the scene.

Updated 10.50pm

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THE murder of a 65-year-old man in Randalstown, County Antrim early this morning have appealed for information from the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan said:

“At around 12:10am this morning, a 57 year old woman ran for help to a house in the Caddy Road area of Randalstown. The householder made a 999 call to police.

“The woman had suffered wounds to her hands and head. When police arrived at the scene a short time later, they discovered the body of her husband, a 65 year old man.

The couple had been driving along the Caddy Road having finished work at their business, a restaurant in Randalstown. I believe that their vehicle was forced off the road by two other vehicles and they were approached by a number of people.

“The couple were attacked and a sum of cash taken from them.”

The woman managed to leave the vicinity and raised the alarm at a nearby house. However, the man died at the scene as a result of stab wounds. The woman underwent surgery today but her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Police have arrested two people in connection with this murder and robbery, a woman aged 31 and a man aged 29. Both are being questioned by detectives at present and there is no suspicion of a “hate motivation”.

“I would appeal for information from the public, specifically anyone who saw vehicles moving along Caddy Road between 11:30pm on Wednesday night and 1pm on Thursday morning.

I am also interested in speaking with anyone who may have noticed a black Seat Toledo car, registration number OE62 FRF, in the Randalstown area from around 9pm to midnight on Wednesday.

“Anyone with information can contact Detectives at a special incident room in Ballymena PSNI station on the non-emergency number 101 or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Read: Man dies, woman injured following midnight assault in Antrim

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