Lisburn man denies murder bid on autistic teenager
A 19-year-old man has appeared in court where he denied trying to kill an autistic teenager in Lisburn.
Ryan Craig, from Ashmount Gardens in the city, appeared in the dock of Craigavon Crown Court.
He is accused of attempting to murder Scott Vineer, who was 17 when he was attacked as he made his way home from college. Mr Vineer was beaten and abandoned at an empty showroom in Lisburn in September 2012.
Although no details of the incident were revealed during yesterday's brief hearing, Mr Vineer's failure to return home from college sparked a manhunt, which resulted in the teenager being found with serious head injuries at the disused showroom on Friday, September 7, 2012.
When he was charged with attempting to murder Mr Vineer on a date between September 5 and 8, 2012 Craig replied "not guilty".
Yesterday's plea was made as Mr Vineer - who attended the hearing on crutches - sat in the public gallery.
Judge Patrick Lynch QC set the trial date for April 20, but the case will be reviewed again next month.