Murder investigation launched after death of Bessbrook pensioner

November 23, 2015

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a Bessbrook pensioner who was viciously attacked and robbed in his home almost three months ago.

Seventy three year old Eugene Carr passed away in the Royal Victoria Hospital last Tuesday evening.  The pensioner had remained hospitalised with serious injuries sustained during an horrific attack which took place at his home in Cloghervan Park, Bessbrook in the early hours of August 31st.

Three intruders broke into the elderly, disabled man’s home and dragged him from his bed before beating him with a ‘sharp implement’, believed to be a hook. Mr Carr’s neighbours heard his cries for help and the frail pensioner was taken to hospital in a critical condition, having sustained a number of wounds.

The shocking incident caused outrage in the local community and neighbours say Mr Carr never recovered from the brutal assault.

Announcing the launch of the murder investigation, Senior Investigating Officer Chief Inspector Lee McNevison said the elderly and vulnerable man had been “victim to a horrendous attack.” He said a post mortem would be carried out in due course but that police believe at this stage that Mr Carr died from the injuries he received following the violent aggravated burglary.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls extended his sympathy to the Carr family and thanked the wider community for their support during the investigation to date.

“Enquiries are very much ongoing and we are asking witnesses or anyone who believes they can assist in the investigation in any way to contact detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101.”

Local Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, who is a friend of the Carr family, expressed her sadness at the news that Mr Carr had lost his long battle for life following the violent assault.

“There is deep shock within the local Bessbrook community at the news of the death of Eugene,” she said.

“This has been a very difficult time for the Carr family and the entire community continue to hold them in our thoughts and prayers.

“The attack on Eugene during a burglary in his home is a live police investigation. I would urge anyone with information that can help bring those responsible for this horrific crime to justice to contact the PSNI.”

Newry & Armagh Ulster Unionist MLA, Danny Kennedy also urged anyone with information on the attack to come forward. He described the assault on Mr Carr as a “despicable act in which a gang targeted an elderly, disabled man and stabbed and beat him in his own bed.”

Mr Kennedy said he was saddened to learn of the pensioner’s death and added,

“I know the local community was horrified at the attack and has been fully supportive of the Police investigation, but I would appeal to anyone out there who has any information that can help the PSNI, but who has not yet come forward, to please contact the police immediately.”

A 25 year old woman and a 26 year old man who were arrested 4 days after the attack were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.