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Second suspect in court over murder bid on Larne family of five

By Staff Reporter

A Larne man has appeared in court accused of the attempted murder of a family after a gun attack on a house.

William McCalmont (23), of Wellington Green, is charged with attempting to murder James and Aislinn Hassin and family on September 11 at Brustin Brae Road in the town.

The family's home was targeted at around 2am when a shot was fired at a bedroom window where three children aged 10, seven and three, were asleep.

Shots were also fired into the hall, and a car was set alight and destroyed. No one was injured.

At Ballymena Court on Saturday McCalmont appeared in the dock wearing a blue T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. He faces seven charges, which include having a shotgun with intent to cause injury; hijacking a car and the aggravated taking of the car.

He is also charged with offences linked to a sledgehammer attack at a house in Antrim on August 18.

A police officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charges. The officer said McCalmont had "given an alibi" about the September 11 attack which had "checked out", but there was no alibi in connection with the Antrim incident.

Judge McNally released the defendant on his own bail of £1,000 and a £5,000 surety.

McCalmont's bail conditions include a curfew and ban from entering Larne.

He is due back in court next month. A 30-year-old man, also from Larne, appeared in court last Wednesday in relation to the attack.

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