Page last updated at 15:29 GMT, Monday, 3 November 2008

Murder victim had several wounds

Kenneth Nicholl
Kenneth Nicholl was found murdered in an alleyway

A father-of-one found dead in Larne on Sunday morning was murdered, the police have confirmed.

Kenneth Nicholl, 28, was stabbed several times. His body was found in an alley between Herbert Avenue and Waterloo Road at about 0800 GMT.

Police said the investigation was still at an early stage, but a number of lines of inquiry were being looked at.

Detective Chief Inspector Jonathan Roberts said Mr Nicholl had met a "violent death".

"We cannot comment on the exact number of stab wounds that he received, but it was a violent death," he said.

"We'd like to hear from anyone who can help police with this - we need the support from the community in Larne, we need their assistance in finding who did this and bringing them to justice

"I would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this attack, anyone who saw Kenneth in the Herbert Avenue area after 10pm, to contact police as soon as they can.

On Monday, police carried out house to house inquiries on Herbert Avenue where Mr Nicholl lived with his partner and young son.

In the alleyway behind the house forensic teams spent the day searching for clues.

So far no one has been arrested in connection with the murder.


Larne UUP councillor Brian Dunn said the area was a close-knit community and had been left in a state of shock.

"Generally Larne would be a fairly quiet place, we're not used to incidents like this," he said.

Larne Deputy Mayor Gerardine Mulvenna said she was stunned at the death and described it as a "terrible tragedy".

"This incident has sent shockwaves through the whole town," she said.

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