DETECTIVES have launched a murder inquiry after an elderly disabled man died last nightg three months during a violent burglary.
Eugene Carr, aged 71, was stabbed and beaten as he lay in bed in his house at Clogharevan Park, Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on Monday, August 31.
He had been in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast since the attack where he tragically died at 8 pm last night.
Senior Investigating Officer Chief Inspector Lee McNevison said; “This elderly and vulnerable man was victim to an horrendous attack whilst he was in his bed at his home in Clogharevan Park in Bessbrook during the early hours of Monday 31 August.
“A post mortem will be carried out in due course however we believe at this stage that he died from the injuries he received following the violent aggravated burglary.”
Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Simon Walls said: “We would like to extend our sympathy to the Carr family and thank the wider community for their support during our 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.”
“If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police believe the gang may have used a hook to stab Mr Carr during the vicious robbery.
A 25-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man who were arrested in Newry in the aftermath of the attack and taken to Ardmore police station.
They were later released without charge pending further inquiries.
Detectives will now haul in the two suspects for further questioning.