DETECTIVES have charged a man with the Official IRA murder of Edward Gibson in west Belfast.
The 28-year-old was shot in his stomach and thigh in an alleyway beside Divis Tower last Friday.
It followed an earlier altercation in Albert Street when a man was stabbed.
Gibson had been accused of raping a woman, a claim his family and friends denied saying his accusers were trying to “smear Eddie”.
The 57-year-old suspect is also accused of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a class B drug.
He is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court later this morning for a first remand hearing.
Earlier this week, Paul Burns was charged with making threats to kill and disorderly behaviour in the Royal Victoria Hospital where a row spilled onto the wards as doctors fought to safe Gibson’s life.