Glenn Quinn’s family to write to Boris Johnson over Carrickfergus murder

The family of murdered Carrickfergus man Glenn Quinn are to seek the Prime Minister’s support in their campaign for justice.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:18 pm

They are to write to Boris Johnson and other prominent politicians over the death of 47-year-old Glenn, who was found murdered at his home at Ashleigh Park in the east Antrim town on the evening of Saturday, January 4, 2020.

It is thought that Glenn, who had a terminal blood disorder, was attacked by a gang of men whilst returning to his home the previous day. They are believed to have initially attacked him in the communal hallway of the apartment block before forcing their way into his property and launching a sustained and violent assault, which eventually led to his death.

The PSNI’s Major Investigation Team says the answers to Glenn’s death lie within the local community.

Glenn Quinn.

His family says more must be done to bring the killers to court.

Glenn’s brother Martin said: “We will be writing to our Prime Minister asking for a meeting, to put pressure on Carrickfergus PSNI to deal with the criminality.”

He added: “We will be doing the same, with our First Minister, our Justice Minister and our Member of Parliament.”

Martin also appealed for the public to “break the silence” around paramilitaries during an interview with the BBC’s Spotlight programme which was broadcast on Tuesday evening.

CCTV image of Glenn Quinn entering an off-licence on Carrick's Woodburn Road. Police have appealed for information about his last known movements as part of their invesgigation.

The programme, which looked at the unsolved murder and the paramilitary gang believed to be responsible, carried moving comments from Martin about his last words with Glenn, who was able to ring him minutes after the attack.

“He was quite lucid and by no means did I think that Glenn had been assaulted as badly as he had been. The next was Glenn couldn’t be contacted and that’s when Glenn’s body was found,” Martin told the programme.

He continued: “I wish I’d spoke longer to him, I wish I’d have said so many other things and if I had knew this was the last conversation I was going to have with Glenn, tell him how much I loved him... talk about old times, and I didn’t have that opportunity.”

Viewers also heard that Glenn Quinn told a friend the UDA were responsible for the attack.

Around the first anniversary of Glenn’s murder, the PSNI issued a fresh appeal for information.

And in a statement to this newspaper today (Monday) police again called on anyone in the community who can help with their investigation to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney: “Glenn, who was suffering from poor health and was vulnerable, was subjected to a sustained and violent attack inside his own home, the place he should have felt safest. His brutal murder deeply shocked and appalled the people of Carrickfergus and further afield.

“I still believe that the answer to who killed Glenn lies within the local community and I would continue to appeal to people to search their consciences for anything that could assist with our ongoing investigations and help us identify the killers.

“I would also like to thank those individuals who have come forward with help and information so far.

“Glenn’s heartbroken family deserve answers and to see these barbaric killers brought to justice. Please contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

In January, the PSNI informed First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster of a threat against her allegedly issued by the South East Antrim UDA. Mrs Foster said this seemed to stem from her support of the Quinn family. Click here

In September last year, detectives also made an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow Live with a £10,000 offer for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Glenn’s murder from the independent charity Crimestoppers. Click here

A Justice for Glenn Quinn page has been set up on Facebook to show solidarity with Glenn’s family and friends and is appealing for anybody with information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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