Mourners pay respects at funeral of Belfast man who prayed with pastor as he lay dying in the street

A pastor praying with an east Belfast man as he was brutally murdered told how the victim ‘willingly gave his life for others’ and died with ‘dignity’. 

Ian Ogle, 45, was stabbed and beaten in the street near his home in east Belfast, on Sunday 27 January.  

The father-of-two was attacked and stabbed 11 times as he prayed with pastor Kevin Sambrook.  

He passed away while his son Ryan was with him and his wife and daughter rushed to help, and today, more than 1,000 mourners lined the streets outside his home to pay their respects as the community worker’s funeral procession passed. 

Ian Ogle, 45, was stabbed and beaten in the street near his home in east Belfast

Ian Ogle, 45, was stabbed and beaten in the street near his home in east Belfast

Ian Ogle, 45, was stabbed and beaten in the street near his home in east Belfast

Ian Ogle’s coffin is carried past the scene of his murder at Cluan Place in East Belfast ahead of his funeral

Detectives – who described the attack as ‘barbaric’ –  have linked the killing to people associated with the loyalist paramilitary group, Ulster Volunteer Force. 

Pastor Kevin Sambrook told of how he died protecting others who he believed were in danger, alluding to Ian’s protection of his family whom he believed were in danger of a revenge attack after an incident at a bar over a year before. 

‘Savage, brutal, barbaric were words used to described Ian’s violent murder but I want to introduce words that described Ian that night – courageous, fearless and utterly selfless,’ he said at the funeral.

Ian Ogle's wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Ian Ogle's wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Ian Ogle’s wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Mourners attend the funeral of community worker and father-of-two Ian Ogle, who was murdered by a group of men near his home in Belfast

Mourners attend the funeral of community worker and father-of-two Ian Ogle, who was murdered by a group of men near his home in Belfast

Mourners attend the funeral of community worker and father-of-two Ian Ogle, who was murdered by a group of men near his home in Belfast

Ian Ogle's coffin is carried past a sign close to the scene of his murder at Cluan Place in East Belfast

Ian Ogle's coffin is carried past a sign close to the scene of his murder at Cluan Place in East Belfast

Ian Ogle’s coffin is carried past a sign close to the scene of his murder at Cluan Place in East Belfast

‘He valued the lives of those he felt he needed to protect more than his own.

‘Moments before the attack he reminisced about his Granny who was a strong Christian woman and he said how she would say ‘you have got to turn the other cheek’.

‘Moments later Ian was attacked and brutally murdered and I found myself kneeling beside him as he lay dying, praying that Lord would be with him.’

The funeral procession passes Covenant Love Church in East Belfast, near the victim's home

The funeral procession passes Covenant Love Church in East Belfast, near the victim's home

The funeral procession passes Covenant Love Church in East Belfast, near the victim’s home

The pastor spoke of Ian’s ‘unparalleled bravery’ in his death and lauded his selflessness, referring to the 45-year-old’s protection of his family after an incident involving his son at a bar 18 months before that left him fearing a revenge attack on either his son or daughter.   

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

Adding: ‘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 a heart of a lion meeting lethal danger head on knowing he never stood a chance, but content to fulfil an obligation to protect others.

Ian Ogle's wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Ian Ogle's wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Ian Ogle’s wife Vera is comforted following his funeral at the Covenant Love Church in East Belfast

Tributes left at the entrance to Cluan Place in East Belfast as mourners attend the funeral of the community worker

Tributes left at the entrance to Cluan Place in East Belfast as mourners attend the funeral of the community worker

Tributes left at the entrance to Cluan Place in East Belfast as mourners attend the funeral of the community worker

‘I saw a man that night with dignity.’

The PSNI said that he was attacked by a group of at least five men. The men savagely beat Mr Ogle and left him with a fractured skull and 11 stab wounds in the back. 

Speaking to BBC Northern Ireland, Ian’s daughter, Toni Johnson alluded to the incident that involved her brother: ‘My daddy, over the past 18 months, was expecting an attack on the house or an attack on my house.

‘My daddy was living in fear that they were going to kill my brother.

‘My daddy was saying to my mum, when they were just at home watching TV: ‘They better not get my Ryan, they better not get my Ryan, they better get me before they get my kids.’

‘And then they did. We were living in fear for 18 months and now the worst has happened.

‘Until my last breath I will be fighting for justice for my daddy.’

Two men aged 40 and 37 were arrested on Monday by detectives investigating the murder.

A total of 11 people have been arrested.  

 

 

 

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