Northern Ireland

Portglenone assault victim was 'much-loved' father-of-two

Aaron Law (34) with his children Grace (15) and Harry (10). Picture: PSNI
Aaron Law (34) with his children Grace (15) and Harry (10). Picture: PSNI

A CO Antrim community is "in shock" following the death of a father-of-two who was found unconscious in Portglenone.

Aaron Law (34) was found on Main Street, with police alerted around 1.10am on Sunday morning.

He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital but died from his injuries on Monday.

Police, who launched a manslaughter investigation, were last night still questioning a 41-year-old man.

A father to Grace (15) and Harry (10) as well as a keen motorsports and Liverpool football fan, a family notice said the Portglenone man's sudden death was "deeply regretted by his sorrowing mother, father, son, daughter, brothers, sister and all his family and friends who loved him so much."

He is also remembered as the beloved son of Danny and Liz and brother to Alan, Stephen, Danielle and the late Bernard.

Funeral details have yet to be announced with family flowers requested only.

Any donations in lieu, if desired, are to made for the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

PSNI Detective Inspector Michael Hawthorne said: “Aaron was a much-loved father of two children and a cherished son and brother. Our enquiries are ongoing as we work to establish the circumstances surrounding his death, which is devastating for his family and friends."

Sinn Féin councillor Ian Friary said his death was a tragedy for the community and that he understood Mr Law passed away early on Monday evening.

"The mood in the village is still very much one of shock," he said.

"Portglenone isn't used to stuff like this. It's just a terrible situation."

Many other friends of the family passed on their condolences on social media yesterday after the tragic outcome had been confirmed.

A Portglenone resident called him "the nicest next door neighbour anyone could wish for."

"Rest in Peace Aaron. You will be sorely missed...thoughts and prayers to the family, especially Harry and Grace," she said.

One friend said that he had been "a lovely pleasant man," while another commented: "Rest in peace Aaron, such a gentleman and taken too soon. God bless your children and family at this heartbreaking time."

A further tribute read: "Awful news. So young. Thinking of his family and children at this sad time".

Police have requested anyone with relevant information to call 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.