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Family of Michael McGibbon leave Belfast home amid fears

Joanne McGibbon being kissed by older daughter Seana at a vigil at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne following the murder of her husband Michael in April
Staff Reporter

THE wife of murdered Ardoyne man Michael McGibbon has left her home of 30 years amid fears for her family if she stays in the area.

The 33-year-old father-of-four bled to death after he was shot several times in the leg in an alleyway in Butler Place in Ardoyne, north Belfast, in April.

His wife Joanne, a nurse, had fought to save her husband following the attack.

Dissident republican organisation 'the IRA' claimed responsibility for the murder.

Hundreds of people later attended a vigil at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne, north Belfast, in support of the McGibbon family.

Joanne McGibbon told UTV on Monday while she was sad to leave the home she had shared with her husband she hoped the move would be a "fresh start" for her and her children.

Mr McGibbon's eldest daughter Seana had previously urged people who know the identity of her father's killers to speak out.

The teenager said her father was simply trying to protect his family when he agreed to go with the killers, a day after they had ordered him to come out of the house.

Ms McGibbon, who was just 17 when her father was killed, said paramilitaries were "a law on to themselves".

She appealed to people who know the identity of his killers to come forward.

"Everybody knows who the criminals are and it's just they are afraid to speak out," she said.

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