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Beers for fears Murder bid survivor leaves family terrified after attacking house with cans of booze

He was telling the man to come out and fight him and when he refused Fleming started calling him a ‘yellow bastard’ and ‘custard’.

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Paul Fleming shows his wounds after he was shot by the UDA

Paul Fleming shows his wounds after he was shot by the UDA

Paul Fleming shows his wounds after he was shot by the UDA

A man who says the UDA shot him in the head for supporting Celtic has been fined for lobbing tins of beer through someone’s window while shouting foul abuse on the 12th of July.

This is the moment Paul Fleming — who narrowly survived a murder bid four months ago — stood and watched beer drip down the window of the house he had just attacked in a drunken rage.

Fleming pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage and disorderly behaviour in a drunken incident that happened four months before loyalists tried to murder him.

Fleming was fined £350 after the court was told he had suffered “life-changing disfigurement”.

Last November masked gunmen fired through Fleming’s front door at point-blank range, hitting the 37-year-old in the head, and then fired at him as he lay on the ground.

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Gunshots in his door when he was attacked by loyalists

Gunshots in his door when he was attacked by loyalists

Gunshots in his door when he was attacked by loyalists

His family told the Sunday World that he had been targeted simply for supporting Celtic and getting involved in heated debates with loyalists on social media about Celtic and Rangers.

They described Fleming as a “decent guy” and a “mammy’s boy”.

There’s no suggestion the two incidents are linked and while there’s no justification for the savage gun attack on Fleming these images show the Celtic nut behaving in a far from “decent” manner.

The CCTV was taken by the owner of the house who had fallen out with Fleming.

Fleming turned up at the man’s house in Hanover Place, Coleraine, on two occasions on July 12 last year — both of which are captured here.

The Sunday World understands the man who lived in the house has since left the area and had been the victim of a separate attack on his home which resulted in another Coleraine man being convicted recently of threats to damage property and disorderly behaviour.

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Beer runs down the window after Fleming’s attack on the house

Beer runs down the window after Fleming’s attack on the house

Beer runs down the window after Fleming’s attack on the house

A source told the Sunday World the man who lived in the house had enough of being targeted for abuse and decided to leave.

“Fleming and this guy weren’t mates, let’s just say,” said a source. “He had loyalist flags outside his house.

“Fleming turned up at his house about 2pm that day and started shouting abuse at the man’s wife and when the man turned up Fleming was calling him all the names of the day.

“He was telling the man to come out and fight him and when he refused Fleming started calling him a ‘yellow bastard’ and ‘custard’.

“He went away but he came back six hours later and was really drunk. He threw two full tins of Harp at the open window. They both burst. One hit the window but one went right through and smashed off the living room wall.

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Fleming in his beloved Celtic shirt

Fleming in his beloved Celtic shirt

Fleming in his beloved Celtic shirt

“I think the man had posted on social media about Fleming calling at his house the first time and Fleming had seen it and was not happy about what he called him in the post.

“Fleming was going nuts and was very drunk. The couple were very concerned and called 999 straight away.

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“The man had been targeted before and someone else was convicted in court a couple of weeks ago. He decided it wasn’t safe for him and his wife and left the area.”

Coleraine Magistrates Court heard this week that Fleming, of Churchlands Road, had been shouting abuse at the couple’s property.

The court was told Fleming left the area but returned several hours later and caused another commotion.

Fleming threw the tin of beer which damaged a wall and a carpet, and the prosecutor says he then walked away from the scene.

He was arrested shortly after the incident and his defence solicitor told the court his client accepted he had been disorderly and accepted he had chucked a beer can.

The solicitor said: “Both parties had exchanged words earlier in the day” and added that his client had “suffered life-changing disfigurement”.

District Judge Peter King noted that the case had been prosecuted on the basis of hostility said he didn’t believe Fleming’s behaviour had crossed the “custody threshold”.

On top of the fine he was ordered to pay the £15 offender’s levy.

Fleming was attacked by loyalists, reportedly from the North Antrim UDA, at the end of November last year.

His family told the Sunday World after the attack the only motive they could think of for the attack was the fact he supports Glasgow Celtic.

His mum was unequivocal about why her son had been targeted by loyalists and pointed the finger squarely at the UDA. “The UDA tried to kill my son because he supports Celtic,” Wendy told us.

“That’s the only reason we can think of.

“That’s all — he’s into Celtic and taking a drink. Loyalists have targeted him before so this isn’t the first time. He used to live with me and the house was attacked with a petrol bomb and the windows were put in.”

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Gunmen fired a shotgun through the window pane of his front door, hitting him in his head.

His family told the Sunday World it was a clear murder bid and doctors had told them if the bullet had been a quarter of a millimetre either side, he would have been killed.

Images of his horrific head injuries were posted around social media and the distressing images showed the aftermath of the point-blank range attack.

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