Date set for inquest into death of gun attack victim

An inquest into the death of a man after he was shot in the leg will be held in May, a coroner has said.

Brian McIlhagga was attacked by a masked gang in Ballymena in Co Antrim in 2015.

Detectives have previously said the UDA was involved.

A brief preliminary hearing of the inquest was held in Belfast on Friday before Coroner Suzanne Anderson.

She said: "I would really like to get this listed next term."

The inquest is due to be scheduled for May 27 at a courtroom as close as possible to the dead man's family, who are expected to attend along with a pathologist and police, coroner's barrister Philip Henry said.

The 42-year-old was visiting a friend in Riverview Park on January 5, 2015 when a number of masked men entered the house.

The father of five was beaten before being dragged from the house and then shot in both legs.

Four children were in the house at the time of the attack.

A number of arrests have been made in the investigation but no one has been charged.