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Male arrested in connection with murder of Ballymena man Brian McIlhagga

Murder victim Brian McIlhagga

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Brian McIlhagga have arrested a 32-year-old man.


Mr McIlhagga, a 42-year-old father from Ballymena, was beaten and shot by a gang of masked men who dragged him from a house at Riverview Park in Ballymoney on January 5th, 2015.



Police previously have said they believed the UDA was behind the killing.


In 2016 Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, who was leading the investigation, said the "violence and brutality" of the attack "far exceeds anything I've experienced in 29 years of police service".



The man was arrested in the Ballymoney area this morning, Tuesday September 20th, and has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station where he is currently helping police with their enquiries.

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