Police launch murder investigation after pensioner, 74, shot with crossbow bolt

Police have launched a murder probe after a pensioner who was shot with a crossbow bolt died from his ‘truly horrific injuries’.

Gerald Corrigan, 74, was injured outside his home in a remote part of Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, at around 12.35am on April 19 as he adjusted his satellite dish.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the pensioner succumbed to his injuries on Saturday and died with his family by his side.

Detective chief inspector Brian Kearney said Mr Corrigan had ‘shown tremendous courage and determination whilst being treated at the Royal Stoke Hospital’.

He said: ‘North Wales Police have now launched a murder investigation.

‘However, we continue to keep an open mind in relation to the sequence of events that led to Gerald’s death.’

Mr Kearney also expressed his ‘sincere condolences’ to Mr Corrigan’s partner Marie, his two children Neale and Fiona and the wider family.

The bolt which Mr Corrigan had been shot with travelled through a significant part of the pensioner’s upper body, narrowly missing his heart before passing through his right arm. 

The pensioner suffered ‘horrendous injuries’ but was able to stagger into his house and phone for an ambulance just after midnight.

Police were then called at 2.45am on April 19 after doctors at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor, Wales, discovered the projectile. 

Hospital staff told officers their patient had sustained injuries consistent with being shot with a crossbow. 

Mr Corrigan’s family issued a statement following what they called a ‘shocking incident’ saying they could not think of anyone who would have wanted to harm him.

Police have previously said one line of inquiry is Mr Corrigan may have been accidentally shot by a lamper – rogue night-time hunters who use bright lights to target animals.

Mr Corrigan worked as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire before retiring to Anglesey more than 20 years ago. He had a keen interest in nature.

Anyone with information relating to the investigation is asked to contact detectives at Llangefni CID on 101, via the live web chat quoting reference number X052857 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.     

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