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 Devastated daughters offer reward to help catch father’s killers

The devastated family of a Bessbrook pensioner who was murdered in his home more than four years ago have offered a substantial reward for information that may lead to the capture of his killers.

Seventy-three-year-old Eugene Car was asleep in his Clogharevan Park home in the early hours of August 31 2015 when three men broke into his house and attacked the frail pensioner.  Mr Carr was stabbed 15 times before his attackers made off with a sum of cash.  The frail pensioner died in hospital from his injuries eleven weeks later.

 The vicious nature of the murder shocked the entire community and more than four years later his murderers remain at large.  Now, on the fourth anniversary of his death, a reward of £20,000 is being offered for information that will help find and prosecute his killers.  Mr Carr’s daughters have put up a £10,000 reward and the sum has been matched by the Crimestoppers charity, bringing the total to £20k.

At a press conference held on Monday last to launch the renewed appeal,

Mr Carr’s daughter Patricia said the family has not recovered from the killing.

In an emotional appeal for information, she recalled the details of the brutal murder: “My dad Eugene was cruelly taken from us nearly four years ago and a day hasn’t gone by since where we don’t miss him or remember him.  A gaping hole in our lives has been made worse by the fact we know his killers are still out there living their lives,” she said. 

“Our dad was severely disabled and living alone. He was subjected to a vicious and horrendous attack as he lay asleep in his bed – a place where he should have felt safe.  His killers held him down before stabbing him multiple times, then threw him onto the floor and left him to die.  We can’t come to terms how anyone could do this to a 73-year-old frail and defenceless man. After the brutal attack he sadly died in hospital.  He needs to be able to rest in peace and the only way that will happen is of his killers are brought to justice.”

Detective Chief Inspector Eamonn Corrigan is the Senior Investigating Officer investigating the horrendous crime and he led the fresh appeal for information.

He said: “The attack on Eugene, a 73-year-old grandfather, who was already severely disabled was vicious and unrelenting.  And while he was conscious for the majority of his 11-week stay in hospital, Eugene did not survive the injuries which were inflicted upon him. He died on the November 17, 2015.  His killers have yet to be brought to justice which is devastating for Eugene’s family who deserve to see someone behind bars for his murder. 

“It has been a difficult investigation, not least for Eugene’s family, and I have been unable to establish why this elderly, defenceless man was attacked so brutally.  I am aware of rumours as to why this happened and this may have prevented people from coming forward but the investigation has found no substance to these rumours. These rumours may have been made up by those involved to justify their actions. I firmly believe the answer as to who murdered Eugene lies within the Bessbrook community.”

Expressing hope that the substantial reward provides an incentive for anyone with information to come forward, he added: “Any information given to Crimestoppers will be in confidence. That’s really important.  I would like to know who attacked Eugene and where did they go afterwards. How did they leave? Was a vehicle used? Did you unwittingly give them a lift? Who helped them in the aftermath; they would have been covered in blood. Where is the murder weapon, what happened to it? I would appeal to people to search their conscience to bring those responsible for this vile, terrifying and cowardly attack on a defenceless, elderly man to justice.”