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Police charge second man with murder of Liam Christie in Antrim

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team investigating the murder of Liam Christie in Antrim on Thursday, 20th October have charged a second man.

The 43-year-old male has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The man is due to appear before Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Monday, 31st October.

As is usual procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Earlier this week, 44-year-old Jonathan David Patterson Whinburn Close in Antrim, appeared before Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Thursday (27 October) charged with three counts in relation to the murder.

Patterson was accused of murdering Liam Christie alongside two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life or property.

The accused was remanded into custody and will appear before the court again in November.

Making a fresh appeal for witnesses at the beginning of this week, Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said:

"We are renewing our appeal for information following this brutal killing where Liam was shot at close range in a house where he had been residing in recent weeks. We can now confirm that Liam was shot up to eight times.

"We are particularly interested in any dash-cam footage from the Ballycraigy Estate and surrounding area of Antrim between 7am on Wednesday 19th October and 12pm on Thursday 20th October. If you have any footage or any other information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call Detectives on 101 and quote reference 310 20/10/22."


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