Ian Ogle's partner slams 'scumbag' loyalist killers
The partner of murder victim Ian Ogle has broken her silence to attack the "scumbags" who stole her future and robbed her children of a father.
The loyalist (45) was stabbed 11 times and had his skull fractured by suspected UVF men who attacked him outside his east Belfast home in January.
Vera Johnston was laying a wreath at a memorial in Cluan Place to mark what would have been a milestone anniversary for the couple, while the East Belfast Ulster Volunteer Flute band passed just yards away on Saturday night.
"Me and Ian would be 30 years together tomorrow; it should have been another 30 years," she said.
"But those scumbags have robbed me of that by taking him away from me. They left him to die in the street."
The murder followed 18 months of intimidation by the local UVF, which is led by Stephen Matthews.
He was among a small crowd of people who gathered at the war memorial on My Lady's Road where a wreath was laid in honour of terror chief Robert Seymour, who was shot dead by the IRA
However, most residents stayed in their homes, apparently ignoring the event.
Just a short distance away Ryan Ogle was laying a wreath to mark his first Father's Day since his dad's murder. He said he had no doubt the lack of support for the nearby parade was deliberate on the part of the community.
"Everyone is snubbing it because of who's running it," he added.
Speaking before a visit to her father's grave, the victim's daughter Toni said the entire family "will be lost" without him on such a poignant day. "It's just dread... we have been dreading all the firsts," she added.
She later tweeted a photo of her out with a group of friends with the caption: "Where I would be without my friends I do not know - the best."