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Second victim of sword attack dies

Published 10/07/2015

Colin ‘Bap’ Lindsay, who was killed in the horrific attack
Colin ‘Bap’ Lindsay, who was killed in the horrific attack
A 47-year-old man has been killed and a 52-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after an attack in a housing estate in south Belfast. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Police at the scene at Kirkistown Walk in the Belvoir Estate, Belfast, where a 47-year-old man has been killed and a 52-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Police at the scene at Kirkistown Walk in the Belvoir Estate, Belfast, where a 47-year-old man has been killed and a 52-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Police cordon off the area around Kirkistown Walk
A police officer at the scene of the sword attack in south Belfast
Jackie McDonald knew the victim
A smashed window at the scene of the attack
Forensic experts at the scene
A broken window at the house where attack occurred
The man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell
Albert Armstrong has appeared in court charged with the sword murder of a senior loyalist paramilitary
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell during a press conference in Belfast following the murder of veteran UDA chief Colin Lindsay who was hacked to death in a sword attack

The second victim of a sword attack that killed a senior loyalist paramilitary has died in hospital.

Stanley Wightman, 52, sustained critical injuries in the incident in the Belvoir estate that claimed the life of veteran Ulster Defence Association (UDA) chief Colin "Bap" Lindsay, 47.

Albert Armstrong, 46, was remanded in custody by a district judge today charged with the murder of Mr Lindsay and the attempted murder of Mr Wightman.

It is understood police are now making arrangements to amend the charge in relation to Mr Wightman.

Mr Lindsay and Mr Wightman were hacked with a samurai sword in the attack in the living room of Mr Lindsay's own house on Kirkistown Walk on Wednesday night.

Armstrong, of Mahee Close on the Belvoir estate, appeared in Newtownards Magistrates Court today.

Standing in the dock wearing a grey fleece tracksuit top and bottoms, he spoke only to confirm his name, then nodded to acknowledge he understood the charges facing him.

Ahead of the hearing, District Judge Des Perry said he was aware the case was "emotive" but warned that any disturbance would force him to clear the court.

In the event, the brief hearing passed without incident amid a high police presence.

Armstrong's solicitor did not make a bail application.

Judge Perry remanded the accused in custody to appear in court again, via videolink, on August 7.

Announcing Mr Wightman's death this evening, the officer leading the investigation reiterated an appeal for public information about what happened.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said: "We want to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Colin Lindsay, Stanley Wightman or Albert Armstrong at any time on Wednesday or who knows anything about their movements."

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