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Walking his mum down the aisle, the man not expected to live after a vicious beating

By Chris McCullough

Published 31/08/2015

Scott Vineer with his mum Helen and her husband Paul Doney
Scott Vineer with his mum Helen and her husband Paul Doney

A young man who was not expected to live after a vicious beating left him in a coma for three months has proudly walked his mother down the aisle.

Lisburn man Scott Vineer acted as best man for his mum Helen-Louise Vineer's new husband Paul Doney at the Lisburn Civic Centre on Saturday.

While it would be a special occasion for any family, for 20-year-old Scott the event marked a milestone in his recovery from the attack three years ago.

On September 6, 2012, Scott was left for dead and his body dumped in an disused furniture showroom close to the Lagan towpath.

Scott, who had been returning home from college, lay there for 30 hours before being discovered by a police dog handler.

He had been so badly beaten he was only identified from his bracelets. Doctors initially believed the outlook for Scott was bleak and told his mum that he would either die or be left in a permanent vegetative state.

Scott, who has autism, lay in a coma for three months, only returning home six months after the attack. The plucky young man has made an amazing recovery since then, and the wedding proved a joyous occasion for all when family and friends came together to celebrate.

Scott, who still requires crutches, was dressed in grey suit and pink tie, just like the rest of the groom's party, and was bursting with happiness for his mum.

Speaking just before the wedding, Helen-Louise said: "His short-term memory is non-existent. His balance has been affected, so has his concentration and his speech is slurred. He also gets very tired very quickly. He has a tremor in his left hand which means he can't do things like butter his bread or write as he is left-handed. But he is very determined. He even went back and finished his college course.

"It means so much to me that he is well enough to be best man at our wedding. Three years ago we were told he wouldn't survive."

Scott said: "I just get on with life. You pick yourself up and get on with it. I like making people laugh."

Ryan Craig (20), from Ashmount Gardens in Lisburn, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after the attack.

But at his trial in June the 20-year-old pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of grievous bodily harm with intent. He was due to be sentenced last Friday, but the hearing was adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

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