Police have made a fresh appeal for information on the killers of a terminally ill man beaten to death by loyalists four years ago today.
Glenn Quinn was murdered in his home in Carrickfergus by a masked gang believed to be allied to the South East Antrim UDA.
It is a loyalist faction heavily involved in drugs and criminality.
The police appeal is backed up by an increased reward of £40,000 for information leading to the capture of the murder gang.
Mr Quinn was found dead at his home at Ashleigh Park in Carrickfergus on the evening of Saturday 4 January 2020.
He was terminally ill with a blood condition.
His family believe he was targeted after he spoke out in support of a friend whose business had been targeted.
Mr Quinn’s sister Lesley Murphy appealed for witnesses to come forward.
“You most likely knew Glenn and you’ll know he was just a decent, kind-hearted, big gentleman.
“He did not deserve to have his life taken from him so violently.
“I’ve seen first-hand Glenn’s injuries and what I’ve seen will never leave me. What happened to Glenn cannot be allowed to ever happen again.
Police believed he had been attacked on the preceding Thursday or Friday before his body was found.
“He was subjected to a shocking and brutal attack inside his own home, a place where he should have been safe and secure.
“After the cowardly and violent beating, Glenn, who was a defenceless man, was left to die a slow and painful death from serious injuries, which included multiple rib fractures,” said PSNI Detective Inspector Gina Quinn
“Glenn was just 47-years-old when he was murdered. He was well-known and well-liked by all, and his death has left, not only a family bereft, but an entire community in shock.”
Ms Murphy said she believed it was still possible that those responsible could be brought to justice as time had moved on and allegiances had changed.
She said loyalists who had formerly held sway in Carrickfergus, no longer exercised that power.
The reward money is being made available for information passed to the charity Crimestoppers which is independent of the police and which guarantees anonymity to those who contact it.