Detectives interrogate a suspect in connection with the murder of a man in Ballymena.
A 29-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the death of Victor Hamilton.
The body of Mr Hamilton (63) was found in the driveway to his home on Orkney Drive in the city shortly after 7:50 am yesterday. Local sources report that he was stabbed.
This is the second murder on Orkney Drive in many years. Jason Lee Martin was stabbed to death in the same area just over two years ago.
It is known that Mr. Hamilton was from Carrickfergus and had only recently moved to Ballymena.
Forensic experts were at the scene most of yesterday and set up a white tent in front of the building, with cordons posted in front and behind the house.
An investigation into the murder was launched this morning.
Orkney Drive was the site of the murder of 31-year-old father-of-two Jason Lee Martin in June 2020. He was stabbed in the leg at a house party early in the morning, the blade cut through his thighbone. artery and causing him to bleed out despite attempts to save him.
The 19-year-old was later sentenced to life in prison for Martin’s murder.
A vigil in memory of Mr. Hamilton is to be held at Ballykill Manor on Thursday evening.
TUV local council member Matthew Armstrong said he was “deeply saddened” by the news of Mr Hamilton’s death.
“Unfortunately, over the past few years, this area has not been without tragedy. I feel for his family and friends,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
Independent Counsel Rodney Quigley said he knew some members of the Hamilton family personally.
“Victor was not from Ballymena and had not lived in the area for a very long time, but I got to know some members of his family and would like to express my deepest condolences to them in connection with this tragic incident,” he said.
“For any family to lose a loved one is heartbreaking and my thoughts are with everyone who knew Victor. He didn’t deserve such a tragic death.”
Mayor of Middle and East Antrim Noel Williams also expressed his condolences.
He said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Victor Hamilton in Ballymena.
“My thoughts are with his family and friends, and everyone connected with Victor, I wish strength and comfort in this difficult time.
“I urge anyone with any information about this unfortunate loss of life to contact PSNI.”
SDLP adviser Eugene Reid was at the scene last night.
“I spoke to residents who expressed sadness and concern,” he said.
“All I can do at this time is to convey my condolences, my thoughts and my prayers to the friends and family of this man.”
Alliance advisor John Hyland urged anyone with information about the assassination to contact the PSNI.
“This is a terrible discovery, and I sympathize with those close to Mr. Hamilton. The whole society is in shock,” he said.
Detectives from the main PSNI investigation team arrested a 29-year-old man this afternoon on suspicion of killing Mr Hamilton.
Chief Detective Inspector Neil McGuinness said: “The man was arrested just after 11:30 am in the Spring Meadows area of Armagh. He is currently being interrogated at the Serious Crime Unit of Musgrave Police Station in Belfast..
“While our investigation is ongoing, I still urge anyone with information, or those who were in the Orkney Drive area of Ballymena on Tuesday evening, July 26, until early Wednesday morning, to contact detectives.”