Northern Ireland

Scott Vineer assault inquiry teenager released

17-year-old Scott Vineer was repeatedly kicked in the head during the attack.
Image caption 17-year-old Scott Vineer was repeatedly kicked in the head during the attack.

A teenager arrested by detectives investigating the assault on an autistic Lisburn youth has been released on police bail.

Police said the 17-year-old boy was released pending further inquiries.

Scott Vineer, also 17, was left in a critical condition after he was repeatedly kicked in the head during the attack last week.

Scott was missing for more than 24 hours before being found by a police dog handler on Friday evening.

He was discovered lying unconscious in the grounds of a disused furniture showroom close to the Lagan towpath.

His mother had raised the alarm at 22:00 BST on Thursday after he failed to return home from college.

Scott is a student at the South Eastern Regional College in Lisburn where he also attends a job club, run by the learning disability charity, Mencap.

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