‘Gentle giant’ received horrific injuries after beating

Scott Vineer
Scott Vineer

An 18-year-old male is to appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court next month charged with the attempted murder of Scott Vineer who was brutally beaten in an attack , almost two years ago.

Mr. Vineer, described as a ‘gentle giant’ and who suffers from autism, was left for dead after a vicious attack, in September 2012.

A day after he went missing a police dog handler found him unconscious at the rear of a disused furniture showroom on Laganbank Road late on Friday September 7, 2012.

Scott who was a student at the South Eastern Regional College in Lisburn also attended a job club, run by the learning disability charity, Mencap.

His mother raised the alarm at 10pm on September 6 after he failed to return home from college.

He remained in a hospital for six months three of which where he remained in a coma and confined to a wheelchair.

It was March 2013 when he returned to his Lisburn home.

Jonathan Craig, a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board described the recent events as encouraging. He described the attack to Scott, who had been attending the SERC College before he went missing, as one that sent shockwaves throughout the community.

“I would like to see justice for Scott,” he said.

“This has taken a long time to get to this stage. This was a brutal attack on a very friendly individual who did no harm to anyone.

“It is only right that Scott should have justice. My thoughts and prayers are with the Vineer family. Scott has been left with some horrific injuries after this attack which has left him with lifelong injuries.”

Lisburn Mayor Councillor Margaret Tolerton said that she is delighted that local police officers made an arrest.

Speaking about the incident, the Mayor said: “I welcome the recent development in the Scott Vineer case and hope that there will soon be justice for Scott. We wish Scott and his family well as Scott continues to rehabilitate from the attack.”