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Ian Ogle stabbed 11 times in the back

The 45-year-old was attacked by a gang of men yards from his home. Credit: Family photo

The father-of-two Ian Ogle who was murdered in east Belfast was stabbed eleven times in the back before his killers fled leaving him to die in the street, according to police.

The 45-year-old was attacked in Cluan Place just before 9.30pm on Sunday by at least five men.

The victim’s skull was also fractured during what police have described as a “brutal” attack.

The fatal attack happened in the Cluan Place area of east Belfast. Credit: Presseye

It is believed Ian was outside a fast food outlet on the Beersbridge Road when an altercation took place at around 8.45pm, less than an hour before his murder.

Police say the exact circumstances of what happened at the takeaway are “still developing”.

Police have confirmed that one line of enquiry is that the murder was carried out by members of east Belfast UVF.

The paramilitary group has denied being behind the killing.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said : "The UVF have issued statements in relation to Ian’s murder. It is too early in the investigation to establish the veracity of those.”

In a fresh appeal for information on Thursday the police have given details of Ian’s killer’s movements at the time of the attack.

Credit: Pacemaker

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said : “Shortly before 9.30pm, Ian’s killers parked a black Seat Leon, registration number JGZ 7406 in Langtry Court, just off Templemore Avenue.

“They then walked the short distance to Cluan Place, via Templemore Avenue and the Albertbridge Road.”

He continued: “After the attack, they returned to Templemore Avenue - some of the killers got into the car and others dispersed on foot from Langtry Court, through the houses.

“The car was driven along Templemore Avenue, into Major Street and onto the lower Newtownards Road, before being left at Pitt Place.”

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “Ian’s murder has not only disgusted the entire community, it has left his wife, two children and wider family circle completely devastated.”

He continued: “There has been widespread speculation about the motive for Ian’s murder. Only those who were involved know how they sought to justify a family man being brutally murdered in the street. I want to be clear - there was no justification for the murder of Ian Ogle.”

Large crowds turned out last night in memory of the 45-year-old father-of-two, who was stabbed to death near Cluan Place on Sunday. Credit: Presseye

A vigil for the Belfast Community worker was held at the scene of his murder on Wednesday night.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder.

A 21-year-old man, who was arrested on Wednesday, remains in police custody.

Three men aged 31, 45 and 49 and the two women aged 35 and 36, who were also questioned, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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