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Belfast man charged with second murder over Belvoir estate sword attack

Published 17/07/2015

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have charged a man with a second murder over a samurai sword attack on Belfast's Belvoir estate
The Police Service of Northern Ireland have charged a man with a second murder over a samurai sword attack on Belfast's Belvoir estate

A man accused of murdering a senior loyalist paramilitary has been formally charged with the murder of a second man who died in the sword attack.

Albert Armstrong, 46, was remanded in custody by a district judge last week, charged with the murder of Ulster Defence Association (UDA) chief Colin "Bap" Lindsay, 47, on Belfast's Belvoir estate.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of Stanley Wightman, 52, who at that stage was in a critical condition in hospital.

Mr Wightman died hours later and today the charge of attempted murder was formally changed to murder.

Mr Lindsay and Mr Wightman were hacked with a samurai sword in the attack in the living room of Mr Lindsay's home in Kirkistown Walk on the loyalist estate last Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed that Armstrong, of Mahee Close on the Belvoir estate, now faces two counts of murder.

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