North Murder Suicide Orphans Children

Three children have been left orphaned over the weekend as a Co Antrim man allegedly murdered his recently estranged wife - before killing himself.

The body of mother-of-three Sharon Hull, 33, was found in her detached house in Carnbeg Meadows, Antrim, shortly after 8.30am on Sunday.

Ten minutes later her husband, Philip, was discovered in a red Ford Escort in a car park of the nearby Tardree Forest, in the Parkgate Road area of Kells, five miles away.

Detectives are treating Mrs Hull's death as murder and her husband's as an apparent suicide and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Detectives from the PSNI's Serious Crime branch are appealing for anyone who heard a disturbance in Carnbeg Meadows at around 3am to come forward.

The couple have two boys and one girl, all thought to be under 10, but none were in the house when the body was discovered. Police confirmed there had been a restraining order in place against Mr Hull, 34.

It is understood that the couple were married for 12 years, but recently separated.

Detectives want to trace Mr Hull's movements between 2am and 6am on Saturday and also want to talk to anyone who heard a disturbance in Carnbeg Meadows at about 3am.


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