Police Get 36-Hours To Question Kilkeel Murder Suspect

Police get 36-hour extension to question man over murder of Bobby McKee in Kilkeel

The Major Investigation Team detectives investigating the murder of Bobbie McKee in Kilkeel on Thursday, have been granted a 36-hour extension for the detention of a 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Bobbie McKee, who was 69-years-old, was sadly pronounced dead after his body was located in a property in the Newcastle Road area on Thursday afternoon, 21st March when officers attended, following a report of a concern for safety for a couple.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly said: “Mr McKee’s wife, who is also aged in her 60s, was found inside the house with serious head injuries. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

“A 25-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, remains in custody at this time. He is currently being questioned by detectives.

The late Bobby McKee, murdered in Kilkeel on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the PSNI).

“Enquiries are ongoing in order to determine exactly what has happened. However, at this time, we are not treating this as a firearms-related report.

“A cordon remains in place this evening, Friday 22nd March, as we continue to work to establish the circumstances of what happened.

“We would encourage members of the public not to speculate but rather, to contact us on 101, quoting reference 739 21/03/24 if they have any information which could assist our investigation.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Mr McKee’s family and they have our full sympathy as they try to come to terms with what has happened.”

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Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team, investigating the murder of 69-year-old Bobbie McKee in Kilkeel on Thursday, 21st March, have charged a 25-year-old man with his murder and with the attempted murder of his wife.

He is expected to appear before Newry Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25th March.

As is usual procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Kelly said: “While our Major Investigation Team detectives are continuing to investigate the murder, a number of further searches are still being conducted.

“I would once again like to reassure the community that whilst the investigation is active and ongoing, we are not seeking any other suspect or suspects at this time.

“I would also like to thank them for their understanding and assistance with our enquiries throughout this very difficult time for the McKee family.”


Kilkeel man murdered and wife left seriously injured in brutal attack.