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Man charged over Lagan assault

By Claire Williamson

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of an autistic teenager who was left for dead after a "brutal" attack.

Scott Vineer from Lisburn was described as a "gentle giant" and spent three months in a coma after he was repeatedly kicked in the head near the Lagan Towpath.

The 17-year-old was discovered by a police dog handler lying unconscious in the grounds of a disused furniture showroom on September 7, 2012, a day after leaving the South Eastern Regional College where he was studying.

He had been left for dead in the attack, which was described at the time by police as "brutal, savage and senseless".

His mother had raised the alarm on the day before he was found after the teenager failed to return home from college.

Six months after his attack the teenager made an emotional return home. He required intensive physiotherapy and now uses a wheelchair due to the extensive injuries he received.

Speaking at the time, his mother Helen said her family had not known whether they would see that day.

"It's just great to have him home where he belongs," she told UTV.

"We love him to bits, we've missed him for six months."

The 18-year-old is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court on Monday, June 2.

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