Coleraine Councilllor Barney Fitzpatrick said: “I am appalled at this attack. The authorities will be carrying out a full investigation and I hope they can catch the perpetrator of this heinous act.
“The circumstances surrounding this incident are deeply disturbing. The attack has sent a shudder through the whole community.
“My thoughts at this time are with the family of the deceased.
“I call on members of the public to give information to the police to ensure that they can piece together the events which led to this attack.”