Northern Ireland

Philip Strickland murder: Jimmy Seales sentenced to life imprisonment

Jimmy Seales has been convicted of the murder of Philip Strickland in 2012 Image copyright PAcemaker
Image caption Jimmy Seales has been convicted of the murder of Philip Strickland in 2012

A County Down farmer has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a man two years ago.

Philip Strickland, 37, died after being shot in the face in January 2012.

Jimmy Seales, 56, Ballykeel Road, Hillsborough, had denied the murder and having a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

Two of Mr Seales' sons, Ian and Jason Weir, Derryboye Road and Raffery Road, near Killinchy, County Down, had already pleaded guilty to murder.

Mr Strickland, a farm labourer, was shot in the leg at a yard on the Ballyglighorn Road, near Comber, County Down, before being bundled into the boot of his own car and driven a short distance to the Ballydrain Road, where he was shot in the face at point blank range.

Earlier in the trial, Ian Weir said his father had been at the scene of the murder, armed with a shotgun.

The jury will resume its deliberations on Tuesday in the case of Mr Seales' co-accused, 26-year-old Stephen McCaughey of Shackleton Walk, Newtownards.