Resuscitation attempted on murder victim

Published Monday, 27 January 2014
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The jury in the trial of two man accused of the murder of Philip Strickland in Comber, Co Down two years ago has heard how a man and his sister tried to resuscitate him.

Resuscitation attempted on murder victim
Philip Strickland, who was found shot dead in a car in Comber, Co Down. (© UTV)

Mr Strickland's body was found in his Citroen Saxo car on the Ballydrain Road on the outskirts of Comber on 11 January, 2012.

Ian Weir 29, and from Derryboye Road in Killinchy and his brother Jason have already pleaded guilty to the murder.

Their father Jimmy Seales, 56 and from Ballykeel Road in Hillsborough, and Stephen McCaughey, 26, of Shackelton Walk, Newtownards, deny the murder.

In the witness box on Monday afternoon was a police officer, who was one of the first to arrive after the shooting.

The constable said that he spoke to a man at the scene who saw Philip Strickland slumped in his car.

The man, the officer said, went back to his house and asked his sister to phone for the police and an ambulance.

He returned to the scene with his sister and put out a fire on the driver's seat and in the rear footwell before doing chest compressions on Philip Strickland while his sister performed mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Earlier on Monday, the court heard that an attempt had been made to remove the victim's body from his own car after he had been shot in the face.

A forensic scientist, who examined the murder scene, said he saw Mr Strickland lying between the passenger side of the car and the grass verge.

He also told Belfast Crown Court on Monday that there were pools, smears and spots of blood throughout the car, including the boot, and that an attempt had been made to burn the car.

It is the Crown's case that Philip Strickland was bundled into the boot of his own car after he was first shot in the leg in a yard on the Ballyglighorn Road. He was then taken to the Ballydrain Road where the fatal shot was fired.

Under cross examination by Jimmy Seales' defence QC, the forensic scientist agreed that after having examined his client's boots, clothes and nail scrapings, there was nothing to connect him to the victim or the scene.

© UTV News
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