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Man (40) charged with murder of young father Nathan Gibson

Murder victim Nathan Gibson with his fiancée Joanna Black

A 40-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of Nathan Gibson in Craigavon.

The body of Mr Gibson (25) was found on a tow path close to Lake Road in the Co Armagh town late on Thursday night.

The man is expected to appear before Lisburn Magistrates' Court today.

Mr Gibson's fiancée Joanna Black said over the weekend said she is "broken and devastated" by the killing of her 'soul mate'.

Police are also investigating an alleged assault on Ms Black, who sustained broken bones after she jumped from the window of the couple's Legahory Court home on Thursday night.

A report about the Legahory Court incident is due to be sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

Ms Black said the couple had been looking forward to taking their young son John to Legoland this year and planning their wedding.

Murder victim Nathan Gibson during a visit to Liverpool FC's Anfield ground

She posted a link on Facebook to The Irish News's report of the fatal attack and said the accompanying photo of Mr Gibson had been taken on a trip the young family took to Liverpool FC's Anfield ground.

Ms Black said after nine-and-a-half years as a couple they were looking forward to planning their wedding and had "just made a piggy promise to have another baby at 30 if we hadn’t already by then".

"You were the most sweetest, gentlest, selfless and kind person I could have ever meet with a heart of gold, the kindness and support shown to me the last few days by all the many people whose lives you touched shows just what a wonderful person you were," she wrote.

"We said it ourselves our hands were the exact same size and we matched perfectly, even looked alike because we were soul mates, first and only ever love.

"I know you would be so proud of me and I’m going to continue to make you proud everyday in every way, your legacy lives on in John and I know you are forever looking down on us."

Describing Mr Gibson as a "doting dad and protective partner", she said he would remain "forever in our hearts".

"Broken and devastated doesn’t even describe," she wrote.

Police received a report late on Thursday night that Mr Gibson had been attacked. He was later pronounced dead after his body was found on the tow path beside the main road.

Funeral details for Mr Gibson have yet to be announced.

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