Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has condemned the murder of 33-year old Michael McGibbon following a shooting in Belfast on 15 April 2016.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that McGibbon wasn’t known to the police and they were unsure of why he had been attacked. He had been shot three times in the leg and had died after being taken to the city’s Royal Victoria Hospital. The PSNI said:
“Michael was brutally and callously shot a number of times in the leg in an alleyway in a densely populated urban area. Despite the best efforts of his wife Joanne immediately after the attack, she was unable to save him and Michael tragically passed away following emergency surgery at the RVH. What happened in that alleyway last night robbed a family of a treasured husband and father”.
In a statement Villiers said:
“This callous and shocking murder appears to have the hallmarks of the paramilitary-style assaults which too often ruin lives and scar Northern Ireland.
My sympathy is with Mr McGibbon’s young family.
The PSNI investigation will now take its course and I urge anyone with information to come forward to bring those responsible to justice”.