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Coleman was one of four quizzed by police about the incident earlier in the month

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Dee Coleman was previously quizzed by police in relation to the incident along with three others

Dee Coleman was previously quizzed by police in relation to the incident along with three others

Dee Coleman was previously quizzed by police in relation to the incident along with three others

Prominent loyalist Dee Coleman, of Fountain Place in Ballymena, has appeared in court this morning charged attempted murder and kidnap.

Sitting side by side in police custody, 36-year-old Coleman and Mark Bradshaw (51) appeared in the town’s Magistrates Court by videolink where they were jointly charged with four offences.

Coleman, from Fountain Street and Bradshaw, from High Street, are accused of attempted murder of a male, kidnapping the same alleged victim and arson of his Volvo on 11 October this year car and with possessing class C prescription painkiller pregabalin on 4 November.

The charges arise after the seriously injured victim was found lying in a field on the Lisnamurrikin Road near Broughshane shortly after his car was found alight on the Doury Road in Ballymena.

Speaking out at the time in an appeal for information, Det Insp Michael McCoy said he was discovered by members of the public "purely by chance".

He said the man was found with extensive knife wounds to his chest and face, and fractures to his skull.

"If he had not been discovered when he was, he would not have survived."

Giving evidence to the court today, DI McCoy said he believed he could connect both men to each of the offences and defence solicitor Michael Madden told the court while he was not applying for bail today, he could potentially lodge applications on 16 December.

“There are some outstanding suspects and we are hopeful by that stage that any outstanding suspects will be dealt with and we will be in a letter position to make a bail application, certainly for Mr Bradshaw,” he told District Judge Nigel Broderick.

Remanding both men into custody until 16 December and granting legal aid, DJ Broderick advised Mr Madden to inform the PPS in advance of any such bail application.

Earlier this month the Sunday World revealed how prominent loyalist Dee Coleman was quizzed by police along with three others in connection to the incident in which the man was found in a field near Slemish Mountain in a serious condition having suffered a number of wounds.

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