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Lisburn murder victim Gerard Mulligan found inside car had ‘severe head injuries'

A police forensic tent at the scene in Limehurst Way where the body of pensioner Gerard Mulligan was discovered. Picture Mal McCann.

A FATHER-of-four found dead in the boot of a car outside his Lisburn home died from severe head injuries, it is believed.

A post mortem is being carried out on the body of pensioner Gerard Mulligan, who was aged in his 70s, to establish the exact cause of death, but sources say "extreme violence" was used.

Such were the severity of his injuries that it was initially thought the pensioner, who lived alone, may have been shot in the head.

Mr Mulligan's 44-year-old son of the same name has been arrested in connection with the murder.

On Tuesday night, police said he had been taken from custody to hospital and was being held there receiving treatment under armed guard.

It is thought the victim may have been beaten around the head before being put into the boot of a car outside his home in the Limehurst Way area of Lisburn.

Both father and son are involved in the car trade business.

Forensic officers remained at the scene for most of Tuesdday. Police were also seen searching the area for evidence, it is thought the murder weapon has yet to be recovered.

A forensic tent shielded the car where Mr Mulligan's body was found.

The alarm was raised after the victim's body was discovered in the car shortly after 4.20pm on Monday.

The pensioner's son Gerard Mulligan was previously subject to a confiscation order by the Assets Recovery Agency.

In 2006 the ARA, which no longer exists, removed £750,000 worth of property and money from Mr Mulligan including a Porche Boxter car.

His second hand car dealership Top Carz later closed as a result of the civil recovery action.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said police are investigating the circumstances of the death and appealed for information.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jenny Palmer who is a neighbour of the victim said the community remained "stunned" that the murder had happened in such a quiet residential area,

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