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Call for no retaliation at Ian Ogle funeral - police make 12th arrest

Finest tribute would be for killing to lead to the end of paramilitaries' reign, mourners are told

Vera, Toni and Ryan Ogle at the funeral of Ian Ogle in east Belfast yesterday
Vera, Toni and Ryan Ogle at the funeral of Ian Ogle in east Belfast yesterday
Ian Ogle's coffin is carried past a sign close to the scene of his murder at Cluan Place
Toni Johnston-Ogle at funeral of her dad
The funeral of Ian Ogle
Ian Ogle's coffin is carried past a sign close to the scene of his murder at Cluan Place
The funeral of Ian Ogle
Victoria Leonard

By Victoria Leonard

Mourners at the funeral of east Belfast man Ian Ogle were yesterday told that his murder must lead to an end of paramilitary intimidation and fear.

Pastor Kevin Sambrook, who comforted the 45-year-old loyalist as his life ebbed away, told a crowd of more than 1,000 people that he had the "heart of a lion, meeting lethal danger head on".

He was stabbed in the back 11 times and suffered a fractured skull after being attacked by a group of at least five UVF men on the night of Sunday, January 27.

He was left to die yards from his Cluan Place home.

His daughter Toni Johnston-Ogle (27) said her family endured 18 months of intimidation over accusations that her brother Ryan (23) gave a "dirty look" to someone she believed to be a member of the terror group in a bar.

 

Speaking at the funeral service in the Covenant Love Church on Albertbridge Road yesterday, she joked that she hadn't prepared a speech, "but one of the qualities my daddy did give to me was I could talk the leg off a stool".

"Me and Ryan are going to be lost without him, but we have to be there for my mummy," she said.

"He was her first love, and last.

"I'm just going to leave it at that, but daddy, deserted you stood alone."

Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
The funeral of Ian Ogle take place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle take place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle take place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Vera, Ryan and Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle take place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle take place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week. Ian Olge's family including his son Ryan and daughter Toni pictured at the funeral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Ian Ogle's children Ryan and Toni during the Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Ian Ogle's daughter Toni during the Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral in east Belfast for murdered loyalist Ian Ogle. Mr Ogle was murdered by a loyalist gang close to his house in Cluan Place last Sunday night. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast. The 45-year-old died after being assaulted by several people at Cluan Place area of east Belfast last week.
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
MP Gavin Robinson as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Vera, Toni and Ryan Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Vera, Toni and Ryan Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Vera and Ryan Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Vera and Toni Ogle as The funeral of Ian Ogle takes place in east Belfast on February 4th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Funeral of murder victim Ian Ogle at Covenant Love Church on the Albertbridge Road in east Belfast.
Ian Ogle
Floral tributes placed at the scene where father-of-two Ian Ogle was murdered by UVF thugs last week
Ian Ogle

Mr Sambrook said that Mr Ogle had been "courageous, fearless and utterly selfless" on the night of his murder.

"He valued the lives of those he needed to protect more than his own," he said.

"Ian met his end with unparalleled bravery, and died protecting those he believed to be in danger, without a second thought for his own safety.

"Ian willingly gave his life for others that night, while others willingly took it from him.

"I found myself kneeling beside him as he lay dying, praying the Lord would be with him.

"Ian sadly passed away as his son Ryan was with him. Others from Cluan Place arrived to give help, as well as Toni and (his wife) Vera - how shocking and traumatic it was for them.

"What I witnessed that night will stay with me for the rest of my life, but my strongest and most abiding memory will be not of Ian's murderers, but rather this brave and selfless man displaying supreme courage with the heart of a lion, meeting lethal danger head on, knowing he never stood a chance but content to fulfil an obligation as he saw it to protect others.

"I saw a man that night fall with dignity.

"Ian had moved away from his past. He had some time ago clearly stated that he no longer put his trust in man, but the Lord alone."

He warned that "there must be no revenge".

He said: "An ancient proverb says: 'He who seeks revenge must first dig two graves'. This country is littered, literally littered, with the graves of those who sought revenge, and today's avengers soon become tomorrow's dead.

"There is someone listening to my voice today, and you remember the Christian faith of your praying mother or the Christian faith of your father, but you have chosen the path of darkness.

"The Lord says to you today: 'Open your eyes: turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, that you might receive forgiveness of sins'."

He said the blood of Christ was "the only detergent that can bleach away the stain of sin".

He added that the murder must produce the "transformation of a community united in grief, desperate for justice and brave enough to demand and accept nothing less than change where fear and intimidation no longer remain".

"The greatest tribute that we can pay to Ian is for his death to become that catalyst for that change beginning now," he told the mourners.

Mr Sambrook urged the community to "let God repay", instead of seeking revenge, saying that "God's fingerprints need to be on this and no one else's".

He added: "Let me be clear: forgiveness is not forgetting about justice, which must be pursued and the full weight of the law brought to bear upon the guilty.

"What forgiveness does is to release those who have been wronged, bereaved, shocked and traumatised from the poison of bitterness and the need to seek personal revenge.

"Like the rest of us, Ian wasn't perfect, but he found God and put his trust in him.

"Ian's legacy may be many things, but the greatest is that hope and trust in Jesus Christ."

Mr Ogle was laid to rest at Roselawn Cemetery.

On Sunday night, a week on from the killing, the PSNI revisited the scene. Officers spoke with people, handed out leaflets and placed posters on lampposts in the area to encourage eyewitnesses to come forward.

To date, detectives have arrested 11 people - nine males and two females - as part of the murder investigation.

Two men aged 40 and 37 arrested on suspicion of murder remained in custody last night.

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