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Son of stabbing murder victim is sectioned

By Chris Kilpatrick

A man arrested by police in relation to the murder of his father and stabbing of his mother has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Gregory Lamont was arrested by police after his parents John and Elizabeth Lamont were attacked in their Co Antrim home in the early hours of Tuesday.

Mr Lamont (64) died at the scene while his 59-year-old wife — who sustained horiffic injuries — is in a stable condition in Antrim Area Hospital.

A 26-year-old man — believed to be the couple’s son Gregory — was arrested at the scene of the double stabbing, the Lamont family home at Carnvale, just off the Carniny Road in Ballymena.

Following questioning by detectives investigating the murder and attempted murder he was deemed to be in need of psychiatric assistance.

A police spokesman yesterday confirmed he was no longer in police custody. Gregory Lamont had recently worked as a hospital porter and was said to have told friends he had become a Christian before Christmas.

Mr Lamont, who was originally from Portglenone outside |Ballymena, was a keen Ballymena United FC fan and a member of Milltown Accordion Band.

Band members yesterday passed on their condolences to the family in a newspaper death notice.

His funeral will take place on Monday at Cullybackey Methodist Church.

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