Property at centre of will fraud case vandalised

November 3, 2014

Graffiti daubed on the walls of an unoccupied pub and a house in Forkhill has been described as a “deplorable act”.

The incident occurred overnight on Wednesday last, and was reported to police shortly before 10.00am on Thursday.

The ominous messages scrawled on the walls of Larkin’s Slieve Gullion Inn and the adjacent private house on the Oldbridge Road appear to have been directed at Ms Alice Quinn, a close friend of the deceased owner of the properties, Ms Kitty Larkin.

The public house and dwelling form part of Ms Larkin’s estate featured in a recent court case over a fraudulent will for which Forkhill man, Francis Tiernan, was jailed just last week.

The area’s MP, Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy, condemned the vandalism, describing it as “a deplorable act”.

“There is no justification for this disappointing and deplorable act and I share the anger of the local Forkhill community at the news of its occurrence,” he said.

“Attempts to intimidate through this type of action are cowardly and unacceptable and enjoy no support in the local community. Those involved should stop this activity now.”

Police are investigating the incident and Inspector Lorraine Dobson said anyone with information should contact police in Newtownhamilton on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.