Northern Ireland

Antrim man James Greer admits wounding Anthony McCrystal

A man whose conviction for attempted murder was quashed on appeal, has admitted wounding his victim with intent.

In February, the court overturned 30-year-old James Greer's conviction for the attempted murder of Anthony McCrystal on 6 June 2011.

No details were furnished in court and a retrial was ordered.

In court on Friday, Greer denied attempted murder, but admitted wounding Mr McCrystal with intent.

Greer, formerly of Rathkyle, Antrim, had originally been sentenced to spend at least eight-and-a-half years in prison for attempted murder.

Mr McCrystal, 50, suffered severe physical and brain injuries in the attack at Richmond Walk, Ballymena.

Greer is due to be sentenced at the end of April.