Colin Crawley
Colin Crawley

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team are investigating the circumstances of the death of a man, following the report of an assault in the Newtownabbey area in the early hours of Sunday 12 February.

The man has been named as Colin Crawley, who was 40 years old and from Newtownabbey.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “Police were notified, at around 1.15am on Sunday, of a man found unconscious in the Shore Road area of Whiteabbey.

“The man, whom we can now name as Colin Crawley, was taken to hospital for treatment to 
serious head injuries. Sadly, Mr Crawley passed away yesterday, 15 February.

DCI Wilson continued: “Two men, aged 28 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.  While a third man, aged 36, was arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders and withholding information.  All three were subsequently released on bail to allow for further enquiries.

“Our investigation continues, and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who witnessed anything untoward, to please get in touch.  Likewise, if you have captured dash cam footage, please contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 123 of 12/02/23.”

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Information, including photos, CCTV and dash cam footage, can also be provided to police through the Major Incident Public Portal at