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Ballymena murder probe: Woman charged with 'fraud by false representation'

Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 40-year-old man at a house in the Devenagh Court area of Ballymena.

A WOMAN arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 40-year-old man at a house in Ballymena has been charged with fraud by false representation.

The 53-year-old woman was arrested after police were alerted on Thursday afternoon to the sudden death of the man, named locally as Robin McMaster, at Devenagh Court in the Co Antrim town.

Police said the woman was "released on bail pending further enquiries and the outcome of a post-mortem", which is due to happen today.

However, they said detectives investigating the death subsequently arrested the same woman and she was charged with fraud by false representation.

The accused is to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court later today.

Mr McMaster was said to have lived in the Devenagh Court area for several years.

The murder probe was launched by detectives from the PSNI's Major Investigation Team.

Earlier, detective chief inspector Peter McKenna, who is leading the investigation, said that although a post-mortem examination had yet to take place he was "treating this as murder".

He added: "My thoughts go out to the victim’s family at this tragic time."

SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said the area would usually be very quiet. He encouraged people with information about the death to contact police.

"This is an area mainly occupied by elderly residents so people are obviously shocked, anyone with information should contact the PSNI immediately," he said.

Police appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 732 of 22/11/18.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555 111.

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