A Newry Crown Court jury has been sworn in to try the case of a 27-year-old Co Antrim man charged with murdering his father and attempting to murder his mother.
Gregory Lamont denies killing his 64-year-old father John and attempting to murder his mother Elizabeth Lamont, 60, in their Ballymena home on January 15 last year.
Yesterday trial judge Mr Justice Weir, who gave no details surrounding the case, save the charges faced by Lamont, told the jury of nine men and three women, that “the crucial issue” in the trial would be the accused’s state of mind at the time.
However, he revealed that there was little dispute as to the details concerning what happened, but that it was important that they know nothing about Lamont, or his family at this stage. He added that the trial, to be held in Armagh Courthouse, was not expected to last very long, and will be held on Thursday afternoon.
Mr Justice Weir also issued the jury with a warning, telling them they had sworn to try the case “according to the evidence”, and from no other source.