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Brother's pensioner murder appeal
Ted O'Hare
Ted O'Hare died during a robbery at his home
Detectives have appealed for help to catch the killers of a County Down pensioner ahead of the third anniversary of his death.

Ted O'Hare, 73, was alone in his farmhouse in Loughbrickland when a gang of masked men ransacked the house.

His three brothers were then confronted by the gang as they arrived home from Saturday night Mass.

Renewing the appeal, his brother Bernard said the "pain of the loss is still very raw even after this time".

"Ted was a completely inoffensive man who shared a very simple life with his brothers on the family farm," he said.

"He had been ill and did not go with us to Mass like he normally did on the night he was killed.

Farmhouse in Loughbrickland where 73-year-old man found dead after break in
The 73-year-old was found by his elderly brothers at their farmhouse`
"He was murdered and there is no doubt those to blame are the monsters who entered and ransacked his home that night."

The officer leading the inquiry, Detective Superintendent Derek Williamson said it was frustrating to see the family in such turmoil, as some people had information but had not contacted police.

The senior detective said that a total of 10 people had been arrested to date in connection with the murder and emphasised that while three years had passed police were still following up the case.

He said that 10 people had been arrested in the course of the police's murder inquiry.

"I remain committed to ensuring that all realistic avenues of investigation are exhausted, and even now if anyone can help with information about the case I would welcome this," he said.

Mr O'Hare's family have discussed the investigation with senior detectives and Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde, a meeting requested by local assembly member PJ Bradley.

Mr Bradley said anyone with information must examine their conscience, adding: "It is too late to do anything for Ted O'Hare but it is not too late to help remove the terrible cross that his brothers have been forced to carry."

Gordon Adair reports on the new appeal

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