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Date set for inquest into death of gun attack victim

Brian McIlhagga, 42, was attacked by a masked gang in Ballymena, Co Antrim, in 2015.

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The inquest into the death of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymena, Co Antrim, will be held in May, a coroner has said (PSNI/PA)

The inquest into the death of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymena, Co Antrim, will be held in May, a coroner has said (PSNI/PA)

The inquest into the death of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymena, Co Antrim, will be held in May, a coroner has said (PSNI/PA)

An inquest into the death of a man after he was shot in the leg will be held in May, a coroner has said.

Brian McIlhagga, 42, was attacked by a masked gang in Ballymena in Co Antrim in 2015.

Detectives have previously said the UDA was involved.

A brief preliminary hearing of the inquest was held in Belfast on Friday before Coroner Suzanne Anderson.

She said: “I would really like to get this listed next term.”

The inquest is due to be scheduled for May 27 at a courtroom as close as possible to the dead man’s family, who are expected to attend along with a pathologist and police, coroner’s barrister Philip Henry said.

PA