Northern Ireland

Arrest over murder of Robert Flowerday in Crumlin

Robert Flowerday Image copyright PSNI
Image caption Robert Flowerday was a retired school teacher

A man is being questioned about the murder of 64-year-old Robert Flowerday, who was found dead at his County Antrim home on Sunday evening.

Police launched a murder inquiry after Mr Flowerday's body was found at the house on Mill Road, Crumlin.

Image caption Flowers have been left at the scene of the murder

A 33-year-old man has been arrested.

Det Ch Insp Alan Dickson said that police were called to the scene after concerns were raised by a member of the public.

"When police arrived at his Mill Road home they discovered his body inside," he said.

Image caption The scene was cordoned off by police after the man's body was found

The victim was last seen alive when he left Dundrod Presbyterian Church on Sunday at approximately 12:45 GMT, said the detective.

He appealed for anyone who saw Mr Flowerday after this time to contact police.

Image caption Forensic officers examined the scene of the murder

He cycled home from Church on Sunday afternoon and was wearing a high-visibility jacket, according to police.

"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Mr Flowerday between 12:45 and 21:50 on Sunday 28 January to come forward and speak to police," said the officer.

"I am particularly keen to speak with anyone who saw or spoke with him at any time over the weekend, or anyone who was in his company."

Mr Flowerday was a retired teacher who used to work at Antrim Grammar School and continued to tutor students in the local area.

"He cared deeply about every one of his students, he really dared them to believe that they could be the best that they could be," the school principal Jenny Lendrum said.

'Lovely man'

He lived alone in the house, but was well known in the area, and has been described by local residents as a quiet and gentle man.

Andrew Masters, the lead pastor at Lagan Valley Vineyard Church, said Mr Flowerday was "one of the most gentle, kind, generously quiet parts of our Church family".

"Robert was just such a lovely man and he spent so much of his time looking after and caring for others," he said.

A candle lit vigil will be held in the village on Tuesday night in memory of Mr Flowerday.

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