Glenn Quinn's family appeal for information about his murder in Carrickfergus
THE family of a man beaten to death earlier this year say they hope a £10,000 reward for information will help bring his killers to justice.
Glenn Quinn (47) was murdered in January at his home in Ashleigh Park, Carrickfergus.
The brutal attack, in which he suffered around 50 fractures to both sides of his ribs, is believed to have been carried out by people with links to the South East Antrim UDA.
A fresh appeal for information was made on BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow programme and the charity Crimestoppers has offered £10,000 for information which leads to convictions.
Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said there was a concern that people with information have a "reluctance to come forward because of potential retribution".
He said that while those involved in the murder had paramilitary links, the attack was not believed to have been ordered by the South East Antrim UDA leadership.
Shortly before his murder, Mr Quinn - who had a terminal blood disorder - was assaulted outside his home on December 29.
Mr McCartney said: "We are working to see if there's any link between this earlier attack and Glenn's murder and I would like to hear from anyone who saw him in the time between Christmas and when he was found dead in his home on Saturday January 4.
"Did he talk about the attack to you or his concerns? Or perhaps you know the motive for his death or who is responsible."
He added: "I hope that by making today's appeal on Crimewatch, along with the £10,000 reward offered by independent charity Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Glenn's murder, that people in the area will be encouraged to do the right thing and bring information forward."
Mr Quinn's family described his murder as "senseless" and urged people to "search their hearts and come forward".
His mother Ellen said her son's death is "hard to live with, especially when they are walking the streets".
His brother Martin told the BBC: "That organisation has said it has not got a problem with witnesses coming forward and they will not be subject to intimidation.
"So we would ask people search your heart and help the police."
Ellen added: "I just want justice for an innocent man who was terminally ill and was beaten beyond recognition.
"I don't want it to happen to anybody else."
Police urged anyone with information to phone officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.