Four arrested in Gerald Corrigan murder hunt

Family photo: North Wales Police

Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of Gerald Corrigan.

A 38 year-old man from Bryngwran is being questioned on suspicion of murder after the former lecturer was shot with a crossbow outside his remote home near Holyhead on Good Friday.

Two men – a 48 year-old from Caergeiliog and a 36 year-old from Bryngwran – were arrested for conspiracy to commit murder and fraud and several related offences. A 50 year-old woman is also being held on suspicion of money laundering and fraud.

North Wales Police

Mr Corrigan died in hospital from ”horrendous injuries” at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on 11 May. He was fixing a TV satellite dish outside his house near South Stack Road when he was shot in the early hours of Good Friday.

Detectives said they believe Mr Corrigan was deliberately targeted. More than 50 officers have been involved in the murder investigation over the past two months.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones said: ”This was an unprecedented event which shocked the local community…our continuing investigation has received widespread assistance from our local community, for which I am very grateful.”

”Early this morning, officers from the Major Incident Team, assisted by additional resources from across North Wales, executed a number of search warrants as part of the investigation into the death of Mr Corrigan, a pensioner and well-respected member of the community.”

The arrests come just a day after the 74 year-old was laid to rest at a funeral service in Knutsford, Cheshire.

In a statement issued via police on Monday, Mr Corrigan’s partner, Marie Bailey said: ”It is impossible to express my deep sadness and shock at the horrific murder of Gerry. He was my best friend and my soul mate. All the time we have been together I have been proud to walk at his side and he stood beside me, always.”

”His family and friends, colleagues and neighbours are all shocked and horrified at his senseless murder. We all loved and honoured him. I will treasure his memory for all the days of my life, although I would have preferred to treasure him, not just his memory.”

Mr Corrigan moved to Anglesey from Lancashire over twenty years ago after working as a lecturer in photography and video.

His daughter Fiona Corrigan said: ”My dad was a very kind and funny man. He taught me an appreciation of art and nature. There are so many happy moments we shared and I will miss him too much to say.”

Mr Corrigan’s son, Neale, added: ”My father was a wonderful man who cared so much for people.  My Dad believed in the good in people and in life, and in the importance of family, friendship and love.  He taught me that we can change, that to forgive brings freedom, and that we should believe in the best in people as no-one is perfect. I will miss my father who has been taken from us.”

North Wales Police

In recent weeks, detectives had stepped up their inquiries by mounting overnight road check operations and a series of raids in and around Holyhead.

Underwater search teams also carried out a coastal search near Mr Corrigan’s home as part of the biggest murder hunt on Anglesey since 2001. The inquiry even reached the House of Commons – prime minister Theresa May described the crossbow shooting as a ‘very worrying case’.

Last week, it emerged a second post-mortem examination was carried out on Mr Corrigan’s body as part of the police investigation, before a funeral could take place. The inquest into the 74 year-old’s death was opened and adjourned in Caernarfon.

Police have again renewed their appeal for information in connection with the murder. Superintendent Wayne Jones said on Tuesday: ”I am convinced that there are members of our community who may have key information regarding this terrible attack on Gerald. I would appeal to those people to come forward and speak to us in confidence.”

Anyone with information about the crossbow shooting should contact Llangefni CID on 101, quoting Operation Blue Fulgent, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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