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Colin Lindsay sword attack accused to be charged with second murder, court hears

By Paul Higgins

A man accused of hacking a UDA commander to death with a sword is to be charged with a second murder, a judge heard today.

Lodging a 'bring forward' application at Newtownards Magistrates Court, a prosecuting lawyer asked for Albert Armstrong to appear via videolink tomorrow (Friday July 17) so that the indictment can be amended.

As it stands at present, 46-year-old Armstrong is charged with the murder of senior loyalist Colin 'Bap' Lindsay (47) and the attempted murder of Stanley Wightman (52) on July 8.

Armstrong, from Mahee Close in the Belvoir estate in South Belfast was first charged on July 10 but within hours of his court appearance, Mr Wightman died from the injuries he sustained in the Samurai sword attack and it is causing that death which Armstrong is expected to be charged with on Friday.

Meanwhile the funeral of Mr Lindsay is to be held tomorrow.

It has been reported that the three men were together in Mr Lindsay's home at Kirkistown Walk, also in the Belvoir estate when Armstrong allegedly attacked them with the sword which was owned by the UDA chief.

It has also been reported that Mr Lindsay's head was apparently almost severed and he sustained a defensive type wound to his hand while Mr Wightman sustained severe lacerations to his arm and neck.

The gruesome scene was uncovered when police were called to another property in the area, believed to be Armstrong's home, shortly before 8pm on Wednesday.

Armstrong was arrested and a blood stained samurai-type sword was recovered from a blue Mazda 6 nearby.

Armstrong had been due to appear again via videolink on 7 August but on foot of the PPS application today (thursday), Deputy District Judge Neil Rafferty added his case to Friday's videolink list.

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