Victim at centre of murder probe named

Police and forensic officers at the scene where a body was discovered in the Limehurst Way area of Lisburn on September 25th 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Police and forensic officers at the scene where a body was discovered in the Limehurst Way area of Lisburn on September 25th 2016 , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man’s body was found in a car in Lisburn.

The body was discovered in the Limehurst Way area on Monday afternoon.

The victim has been named by UUP MLA Jenny Palmer as Gerry Mulligan.

A source at the scene told the News Letter he understood the victim had been shot and his body was discovered in the boot of a car.

A post-mortem examination will take place to determine the cause of death, which police are treating as suspicious.

Police do not believe there is any paramilitary involvement in the incident.

Ulster Unionist MLA Mrs Palmer said the community had been left shocked by the death.

“This is a horrible tragedy for this family and my heart goes out to them at this time,” she commented.

“This is a mixed area, and very quiet, so obviously people have been left stunned by what has happened.”

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn added: “Whatever the circumstances surrounding this death, no-one deserves to die in this way. The local community are shocked at this news.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased. If anyone has information on this incident, I would urge them to contact the police immediately.”

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: “Police received the report shortly after 4.20pm.

“We would appeal to anybody who may have information in relation to this suspicious death or who was in the area of Limehurst Way today between 9am and 5pm to contact detectives at the incident room in Lisburn on 101.”