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Jury sworn in for trial over attempted murder of autistic student Scott Vineer

By Ashleigh McDonald

A jury that is to preside over a case involving the alleged attempted murder of an autistic student in Lisburn has been sworn in at Craigavon Crown Court.

Ryan Craig (19) from Ashmount Gardens in Lisburn is accused of attempting to murder Scott Vineer in September 2012 - a charge he denied at a previous court hearing.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC told the jury that Mr Vineer, who attended court using the aid of crutches, went missing on September 6, 2012, after leaving Lisburn Tech where he attended as a student.

The judge also told the jury that Mr Vineer was discovered on September 7, 2012, close to the towpath at the rear of the World of Furniture store on Laganbank Road with serious wounds to his head and brain injuries.

In addition, the jury heard that the attempted murder trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

Mr Vineer, who was 17 at the time of the incident and who is autistic, attended yesterday's hearing with his parents.

The trial is due to start this morning.

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