Punishment victim Edward Gibson died from gunshot wounds following an OIRA attack

Punishment victim Edward Gibson died from gunshot wounds following a gun attack

THE PSNI and GARDAI have arrested a man and woman in separate raids over the murder of Edward Gibson 11 months ago in west Belfast.

In a statement, Gardai said today: “A man in his 40’s was arrested in the South Donegal area this morning at approximately 9.15 am in connection with a PSNI murder investigation in October 2014 in West Belfast.

“The man is currently detained at Ballyshannon Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 – Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

It is understood detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team had been hunting the suspect after he went on the run.

The PSNI said in a statement: “Detectives from PSNI arrested a 56 year old woman in Belfast. The suspect has been taken to Musgrave station for questioning.”

The officer leading the PSNI investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, said: “Although one man has been charged with Edward Gibson’s murder, this investigation is continuing.

“Our enquiries have led us to the Republic and we are working closely with colleagues in An Garda Siochana. I would continue to appeal to anyone with information about Mr Gibson’s murder to come forward to police.”

Edward Gibson, 28, was shot in his stomach and thigh in an alley near Divis Tower on 24 October last year.

He died in hospital.

His killers falsely branded him a “rapist”

A number of people have already been charged as part of the overall investigation.

Earlier this week a man charged with his murder was returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

Malachy Goodman, 57, Rockmore Road, is due before the Crown Court in a few weeks time to be arraigned on the charge of murder.

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