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Police continue to question man following 'suspicious' death in Co Antrim

The scene of the sudden death of a man in Rasharkin, Co Antrim. Picture by Justin Kernoghan/ PhotopressBelfast

POLICE have been granted a further 36 hours to question a man about the suspicious death of a Polish man in Co Antrim.

The victim, who was in his 50s and lived in the Rasharkin area for a number of years, was found dead on Sunday morning.

His body was found at a property at Townhill Road in the village at around 10am. There was speculation that he may have been strangled.

Police are continuing to treat his death as "suspicious" and a post mortem "will take place in due course to determine the cause of death".

A 36-year-old man, who is also believed to be Polish, was arrested by police on Sunday and remains in custody.

It is understood the victim was well known in the Rasharkin area, where he lived and worked as a labourer for several years.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "While a post mortem examination will take place in due course to determine the cause of death we are treating the death as suspicious at this time.

"A 36-year-old man has been arrested as part of the investigation and remains in police custody. Police have been granted an extra 36 hours to question the man.

"I would like to hear from anyone who was in the Townhill Road area between 10am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday."

Sinn Féin assembly member Philip McGuigan said: "People are shocked by his death. He has lived in the area for a long time and people would have seen him cycling to work. is death has shocked the community."

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