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'He's my hero... now he's going to be best man at our wedding'

By Ashleigh McDonald

The day after his attacker Ryan Craig is due to be sentenced, Scott Vineer faces a completely different challenge - that of being best man at his mother and stepfather's wedding.

Speaking outside Craigavon Crown Court, autism sufferer Scott admitted he was nervous but said he was still looking forward to the ceremony on August 29.

It is a role that Scott's mother Helen-Louise thought her son would never be able to fulfil, as she feared the attack on him would claim his life.

Describing her son as her hero, Helen-Louise said: "The night they found him, they told us they expected him to die. When he survived for 24 hours, they thought he would be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life, so he has proved them wrong, and that's my boy."

Revealing the lasting impact the attack has had on her son, Helen-Louise added: "He has been left with brain damage. He has tremors in his left arm, and being left-handed, it causes him problems. His balance has been affected, his short-term memory has been affected and his speech can be quite slurred at times."

Following yesterday's plea by Craig, Scott said he was "glad" the Lisburn man had finally admitted his role in the attack.

And when asked about the attack itself, Scott replied: "I can't really remember anything, to be honest."

He also revealed he was nervous about the impending wedding, and said: "I'll have to write a speech and all. It's going to be nerve-racking, but I'll get over it."

Also over the moon at the guilty plea was Helen-Louise, who said: "We're just glad it's over. It's been a long time coming. I'm just pleased that we can finally get some justice for Scott."

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