Home of former Blackpool lecturer murdered with crossbow has been sold

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Gerald Corrigan, 74, was shot with a crossbow as he tried to repair a satellite dish outside his home in North Wales

 

The rural home Gerald Corrigan who died after being hit by a crossbow
The rural home Gerald Corrigan who died after being hit by a crossbow (Image: IAN COOPER/NORTH WALES LIVE)

The home of a former Lancashire lecturer who was shot with a crossbow in a “medieval style execution” has been sold for a six figure sum.

Gerald Corrigan, a former Blackpool College of Art lecturer, was 74 when he was shot and seriously injured with a crossbow at his home on Anglesey, North Wales, in 2019.

The pensioner had been attempting to repair a television satellite dish when he was attacked at the remote property at Penrhosfeilw near Holyhead during the early hours of April 19, 2019.

He managed to struggle indoors and his partner raised the alarm, but he died almost a month later in hospital.

Since then the property has been cleared out and emptied and offers were invited in the region of £695,000 for the three-bed property called Gof Du, by local estate agents Burnells, reports North Wales Live.

It included outbuildings and 35 and a half acres of land.

The home “occupies a spectacular prime headland position commanding lovely all round rural views and stunning coastal views towards Trearddur Bay and Rhoscolyn Point.”

Gerald Corrigan was fatally wounded when he was shot with a crossbow outside his rural home
Gerald Corrigan was fatally wounded when he was shot with a crossbow outside his rural home (Image: Ian Cooper (main)/North Wales Police (inest))

The description of the property added: “The property, which has been substantially renovated, offers scope for minor modernisation, or extending/re-developing subject to all necessary consents being obtained.

“The property benefits from a range of dilapidated outbuildings, offering scope for development subject to consents.”

However, it does warn: “Buyers are kindly asked to research the history of this property or enquire with the marketing agent prior to viewings.”

It has now been sold “subject to contract”, although the buyer has not been identified.

Police launched a huge manhunt to find Mr Corrigan’s killers and several weeks after the shooting sports therapist Terence Whall, then 39, was arrested and charged with his murder.

During a trial at Mold Crown Court in February last year the jury heard the satellite dish had been tampered with and Whall was hiding, armed with the weapon, waiting for Mr Corrigan.

The crossbow bolt passed completely through Mr Corrigan’s body.

A ballistics expert and pathologist concluded the shooter must have been only 10 metres away, probably in the field in front of the house and hiding behind a wall.

Terence Whall, leaving Mold Crown court in North Wales, after being found guilty of the murder of retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan, when he was shot in the chest with a crossbow, outside his home in Anglesey in April 2019.
Terence Whall, leaving Mold Crown court in North Wales, after being found guilty of the murder of retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Whall denied being at the location but police were able to establish a Land Rover he used was near the victim’s home at the time of the shooting and on the previous night, when he scoped out the property.

Whall was jailed for life, with the judge, Mrs Justice Jefford, saying: “You have deprived Mr Corrigan’s family of any explanation for what was a horrific death in which Mr Corrigan was completely blameless.

“For your own reasons you clearly had a plan to kill. Your arrogant belief that you could get away with murder was misplaced.”