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Murder investigation into death of Gerald Corrigan who was hit by crossbow bolt in Anglesey | UK News

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A murder investigation is under way after a pensioner who was shot with a crossbow bolt died from his “truly horrific injuries”.

Gerald Corrigan was adjusting his satellite dish outside of his home near South Stack Road in a remote part of Holyhead, Anglesey, at around 12.35am on 19 April when he was hit by the bolt.

The 74-year-old 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 while he was 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 passed on his “sincere condolences” to Mr Corrigan’s partner Marie, his two children Neale and Fiona and the wider family.

The bolt travelled through a significant part of Mr Corrigan’s upper body and narrowly missed his heart before passing through his right arm.

On the night of the incident, Mr Corrigan managed to stagger inside the property before an ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital in Bangor.

He was later moved to the Royal Stoke Hospital when his injuries became life-threatening.

Mr Corrigan’s family said in a statement the incident was “shocking” and they had no idea why anyone would want to harm him.

Detectives have been investigating the possibility that Mr Corrigan was accidentally shot by a lamper – rogue night-time hunters who use bright lights to target animals.

Mr Corrigan was a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire until he retired to Anglesey more than 20 years ago where he pursued a keen interest in nature.

Anyone with information should 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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