One Arrested Over 'Barbaric' East Belfast Murder

Detectives investigating the "vicious" and "barbaric" murder of Ian Ogle in east Belfast have arrested a 49-year-old man.

The 45-year-old father-of-two is believed to have been stabbed to death after he was set upon by a gang at the entrance to Cluan Place between 9pm and 10pm on Sunday night, 27 January.

Officers issued a fresh appeal for information on Tuesday, ahead of the arrest on Wednesday 30.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: "Nearly 48 hours on from the brutal attack and my enquiries have progressed significantly. A number of arrests have been made and at this time one person remains in custody."

Police continue to hunt those responsible, who are believed to have fled the scene on foot before getting into a black Seat Leon Car with the registration number JGZ 7406.
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"This vehicle then travelled to Pitt Place and I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the car travelling in this area, or who saw the people in it, either before or after the murder. I'm interested in the movements of the car specifically between 9.15pm and 10pm. I would also like anyone driving in the area who may have dash-cam footage to contact police."

DCI McKenna continued: "I am still particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a group of people running in this area.

"The level of violence meted out on Ian by the people involved in his murder is barbaric and it is quite frankly repulsive that they felt it was acceptable. There is no place for this inhumane behaviour in our communities and I would appeal for local people to come forward with any information they have so we can remove this intimidation and violence from our streets.

"Almost two days have passed and yet those who attacked Ian and in turn attacked the local community have failed to come forward to police."

The east Belfast UVF has denied being behind the brutal killing.

The man arrested was taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

A vigil will be held at the murder scene later this evening.

Anyone with information which they believe may be relevant is urged to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference number 1303 of 27/1/19.

Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers which is 100% anonymous by calling the number 0800 555 111.


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