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Update: Man arrested over 1996 murder released without charge

28-year-old businessman Simon Tang was killed as he left his takeaway business in Antrim in June 1996.

Simon Tang
Simon Tang
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DETECTIVES IN NORTHERN Ireland investigating the killing of Simon Tang in Antrim in 1996 arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of murder earlier today but he has since been released unconditionally.

Tang, a 28-year-old businessman and father of two, was killed as he left his takeaway business in Carrickfergus in Antrim on 4  June 1996. Police had made a fresh appeal for information about his killing in March of this year.

The man was arrested in the town this morning as part of the renewed investigation. He was held at Antrim police station for questioning until about 8.30pm.

The case was featured in a BBC Crimewatch programme in March as the PSNI made a fresh appeal for information about the killing.

Simon Tang was attacked as he left his takeaway business in June 1996. He was struck on the head with a weapon which caused a fractured skull and a heavy bleed on his brain. He died the following morning in hospital.

The attackers also stole his watch and around £400 in cash.

Tang had studied architecture at Oxford University but had returned to Northern Ireland to take over the running of the family business in Carrickfergus.

The PSNI have charged five people with offences linked to the murder in recent months.

-Additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll

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