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Son in dock over fatal stab attack on mother

A man accused of stabbing his mother to death on Mother's Day has appeared in court charged with her murder.

John Charles Coburn allegedly killed 53-year-old Lynn Coburn in the Co Antrim village of Connor on Sunday.

The 33-year-old is also charged with attempting to murder his younger brother Andrew Coburn (31) in the same incident at a house in the Rossburn Manor |development.

He is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Coburn, from Rossburn Manor, appeared in the dock of Antrim Magistrates' Court yesterday and spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing.

As he tried to shield his face from photographers while being driven into the court, a number of cuts could be clearly seen on his handcuffed hands.

Detective Sergeant Tom Kennedy told District Judge Robert Alcorn that he could connect the accused with the two charges.

His solicitor made no application for bail.

District Judge Alcorn remanded Coburn in custody for four weeks to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court via video link.

It is understood neighbours called the police to the scene after a violent incident in the private housing development on Sunday.

It is believed Andrew Coburn was found in the front garden covered in blood.

Armed police arrived to find Mrs Coburn stabbed to death.

Last night the PSNI declined to release details about the exact cause of her death.

“The latest is that we are not releasing the cause of death. One man has been charged,” a spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph.

Neighbour John Dickson, who was among the first people on the scene said everyone was “stunned” by what happened.

“It was the usual Sunday morning, very quiet and very peaceful,” he said.

“I looked out of the window and saw my neighbour administering first aid to a gentleman on his front lawn.

“I was shocked and we went out to see what we could do |to help.”

Mr Dickson said the injured man had been able to communicate the fact that he had been stabbed.

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