Shock as three people die in NI incident - police launch double murder probe

Police have launched a double murder investigation in Newtownabbey following an incident last night (Friday).

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 7:29 am
Updated Saturday, 20th March 2021, 9:30 am
Police at the scene in Derrycoole Way on Saturday morning. A murder investigation has been launched after three people were found dead at separate properties in Newtownabbey. Pic: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: “Just after 10.55pm on Friday evening, police received a report of a stabbing at a residential property in the Derrycoole Way area.

“Officers attended, along with colleagues from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. Sadly, a woman has been pronounced dead.

“As officers carried out further enquiries, they attended a residential property in the Glenville Road area. An unconscious male was located in the property. Despite the provision of first aid, the male was pronounced dead.

Police at the scene on Glenville Road, Newtownabbey on Saturday morning. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

“On searching the property, another deceased female was located.

“While we have launched a murder investigation, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with these incidents which we believe are connected.

“We would urge anyone with any information which may assist our investigation to contact 101 and quote reference number 2441 of 19/03/21.

“A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at “