Mum in court as son accused of murdering his father and leaving her fighting for her life appears
A man accused of murdering his father sat just yards away in court from the mother he is also charged with trying to kill.
Gregory Lamont was arrested after his parents, John and Elizabeth Lamont, were attacked in their Co Antrim home during the early hours of Tuesday, January 15.
Mr Lamont (64) died at the scene while his 59-year-old wife – who sustained horrific injuries – was rushed to Antrim Area Hospital.
She is still recovering from her injuries. Gregory Lamont (27) was arrested at the scene of the double-stabbing at the family home at Carnvale, off the Carniny Road in Ballymena.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday, a date was set for Lamont's trial, which is due to get under way at Antrim Crown Court next month. A brief preliminary enquiry was held in a small room in the courthouse. A defence lawyer said he was unsure if his client would be fit to stand trial.
He added the case involved "complex forensic medical issues".
Lamont was bailed to permit him to continue receiving psychiatric medical treatment.
No details of the case have yet been outlined in court.
Police confirmed Gregory Lamont was no longer in their custody, after he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Before the incident, he had worked as a hospital porter and was said to have told friends he had become a Christian before Christmas.
John Lamont, originally from Portglenone, outside Ballymena, was a keen Ballymena United FC fan and a member of Milltown Accordion Band.
Neighbours said he retired within the previous year, having worked as a technician at Aldergrove in Antrim.
The couple moved in to the area more than 20 years ago.