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Daughter of UVF murder victim Ian Ogle tells of 'unending nightmare' a month on

Toni Johnston-Ogle at the spot where her father was murdered
Toni Johnston-Ogle at the spot where her father was murdered
Ian Ogle with his daughter Toni
Toni with her mother Vera and brother Ryan at the funeral
Victoria Leonard

By Victoria Leonard

The grieving daughter of murder victim Ian Ogle has told how she is still suffering nightmares and flashbacks a month on from his killing.

Toni Johnston-Ogle (27) said she finds it hard to walk past the spot where her father was brutally slain.

And she told how she and her loved ones are "living on adrenaline" four weeks after Mr Ogle (45), known as 'Big O', was stabbed to death.

The loyalist died after being attacked by a gang of up to five men just yards from his home in Cluan Place.

The father-of-two was knifed in the back 11 times and suffered a fractured skull.

Tomorrow marks a month since his killing on Sunday January 27.

Toni says she still feels numb and hasn't been able to grieve.

Fourteen people have been arrested over the murder of Mr Ogle, with all but one released.

Jonathan Brown (33), from McArthur Court in east Belfast, has appeared in court charged with the murder.

He denies planning, preparing and committing the offence.

He is due to next appear in court via video-link on March 8.

Yesterday police revealed that a 28-year-old man had been charged with a number of offences including threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 20.

It is understood these charges are in connection with an incident in east Belfast on Thursday.

Following the fatal attack on Mr Ogle, Toni's brother Ryan (23) ran to the scene and held his father.

Toni posted a harrowing video on social media of the immediate aftermath of the attack, which she later said she wouldn't have done if she had known her father was dying at the time.

Speaking yesterday, she told the Belfast Telegraph that she still sees her father "in her dreams".

"I haven't been able to grieve properly yet at all," she said.

Fighting back tears, devastated Toni said: "It's an unending nightmare.

"I haven't been sleeping, I still have nightmares.

"I see my Dad in my dreams, I've been having flashbacks. But it's weird, it's a numb feeling.

"It was awful.

"I feel like we are running on adrenaline."

She said the whole family is "living on our nerves" as they try to come to terms with the loss.

"My brother Ryan and I still haven't gone back to work, that's hard enough, not being able to go back into a routine," she continued.

"Mum is not great at all."

She added: "We are all living on our nerves, all the family, even my daddy's brothers and my granny.

"We have put all our trust in the PSNI and we're hoping their investigation will progress and we will get justice."

At a Press conference the week after Mr Ogle's murder, PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy confirmed that one line of enquiry is that the murder was carried out by by individuals who were members of east Belfast UVF.

He added: "If anything positive is to come from Ian's murder, it will be that the fear and intimidation that some people use to influence has been starkly exposed to the community and condemned from every corner."

More than 1,000 people joined a vigil in support of the Ogle family in the week after the killing.

In a statement released to the Irish News, the UVF said it was "seeking answers as to who carried out this attack".

It added that it "wholeheartedly condemned" the actions of those responsible.

The terrorist group added that whoever carried out the murder "did not do it in the name of loyalism or the UVF".

Toni added: "Every single day I have to walk past the spot where my father died.

"I don't even want to look at the spot.

"Me and my mum went down to clean up the flowers and balloons, and mummy has a memory box with flags, football tops. It's nice."

She said her family is still receiving messages of encouragement, including from the nationalist community.

"She (mum) is still getting cards through the door, some are signed off with messages like 'from a Catholic woman'.

"I still feel that east Belfast is going to rise up (against the paramilitaries), and we're still getting support - it's about keeping the impetus."

The Ogle family has asked for no retaliation over the murder, and for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

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