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Police in Belfast arrest a man in connection with the killing of taxi driver Michael McGibbon

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Michael McGribbon
Michael McGribbon

Police in Belfast have arrested a man aged 34 in connection with the killing of taxi driver Michael McGibbon on Friday night.

The 33-year-old father to a young family, was shot three times in a leg in an alleyway in the Elmfield Street area of north Belfast at around 10pm on Friday.

He bled to death despite his nurse wife Joanne’s desperate attempts to save his life.

His 17-year-old daughter celebrated her birthday on the day the New IRA shot her father.

He was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital but later died from his injuries.

The victim had no criminal record and no apparent criminal connections.

In an appeal yesterday the PSNI said that the attack bore the hallmarks of a paramilitary murder and that those who carried it out had no legitimacy within the community.

Officers revealed that two men had called to Michael’s home on the evening of last Thursday 14 April, asking him to step outside. When he refused they said that they would return.

The first male was described as having been in his early twenties, slim and wearing a red hooded top with a baseball cap and a scarf over his face.

The other male was described as being in his late teens, with a grey hooded top, a baseball cap and a scarf over his face.

Confirming the arrest in the case, Detective Superintendent John McVea said in a statement: "The male has been detained on suspicion of murder. He will be questioned at Musgrave police station in Belfast."