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RUC Chief Superintendent Bertie Verner:
"Mr Lowry's attackers may have thought he was from a Catholic background"
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Tuesday, 3 April, 2001, 22:08 GMT 23:08 UK
Beating murder 'may be sectarian'
The area was cordoned off by police
Trevor Lowry was found fatally injured after assault
The police officer leading the investigation into the murder of a man in County Antrim has said it may have been sectarian.

Trevor Thomas Lowry, from Hightown Rise, Glengormley in Newtownabbey died in hospital early on Tuesday morning.

The 49-year-old electrician, who was married with two children, was suffering from head and facial injuries after being attacked at Harmin Parade on Saturday night.

RUC Chief Superintendent Bertie Verner said Mr Lowry was a Protestant, but that the police were investigating the possibility that his attackers believed he was a Catholic.

Mr Lowry had lived in a mainly Catholic area of Glengormley.

Trevor Lowry died after being attacked in Glengormley
Trevor Lowry died after being attacked in Glengormley
Superintendent Bertie Verner said Mr Lowry spent part of Saturday night in two bars in Glengormley - the Glen Pub and Madigan's Bar - before he was found with severe injuries at about 2330 BST.

The police also said they had not ruled out the possibility of a link between the attack on Mr Lowry and another incident which occurred about the same time.

This involved the attempted abduction of another man by three men in a white Ford Escort car.

The men attempted to pull the man into the car at the Hightown Road near St Enda's Gaelic Athletic Association.

A similar car was later abandoned at Harmin Drive, about 150 yards from where Mr Lowry was found.

The police want to speak to anyone who may have been in the Harmin Parade area on Saturday night.

On Tuesday evening the Lowry family's church minister appealed to the local community to help the police catch his killers.

Peter Murray, minister of Glengormley Methodist Church, said: "I can't begin to describe the trauma which is being experienced by this family.

"A son and daughter and a young widow saw what had happened to their husband and father, on the television."

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