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Albert Armstrong to face trial over sword murder of Colin Lyndsay and Stanley Wightman

Published 30/10/2015

Stan Wightman and Colin Lindsay
Stan Wightman and Colin Lindsay

A 46-year-old man stood accused of the savage killing of two men with a sword, one a senior member of the UDA.

In his last appearance at the magistrates’ before going to the Crown court, Albert Armstrong, of Mahee Close, Belfast, faced charges that he murdered Colin Lyndsay on July 8, and Stanley Wightman on July 10, this year. Both charges relate to the same incident.

Police found veteran UDA member Colin ‘Bap’ Lyndsay, 47, and 52-year-old Stanley Wightman, in a scene of carnage, at Mr Lyndsay’s home in Kirkiston Walk in the Belvoir estate.

Officers forced entry after a report from a concerned member of the public. Both were lying in the living room with severe injuries.  Mr Lyndsay, father of two, was later pronounced dead at the scene, while Mr Wightman died two days later.

A bloodied samurai sword, belonging to Mr Lyndsay, was allegedly found in Armstrong’s car. Reports were made Mr Lindsay was almost decapitated, while Mr Wightman died from severe lacerations to the arm and neck.

At Ards magistrates’s court, Armstrong made no response to the charges other than to acknowledge he understood them. His lawyer made no contrary submissions.

District Judge Mark Hamill adjourned the case to Laganside court for trial on November 20.

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