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Shot Belfast man was convicted of Harry Holland attack

Harry Holland
Harry Holland died in hospital a day after he was stabbed near his home

A man shot in a paramilitary-style attack on Wednesday night was convicted in relation to an assault in which a west Belfast greengrocer was killed.

Patrick Crossan was involved in the attack on Harry Holland in 2007.

At about 1830 GMT on Wednesday Crossan was bundled into a car in the Hillman Street area of north Belfast.

He was driven around for a short time before being taken to Carrigart Avenue in the west of the city where he was shot in both legs.

He was taken to hospital where his injuries are described as not life threatening.

Police have appealed for information on 0845 6008000.


Dissident republicans have been blamed for a spate of similar shootings across Northern Ireland in recent months.

Mr Holland, 65, was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver near his home in Norfolk Drive in September 2007.

Earlier this year Stephen McKee, from Ballymurphy Road was told he must serve at least 12 years of a life sentence for the murder.

Crossan, whose address was given as Willowbank Gardens in west Belfast, was sentenced to four years for attempted affray and having an offensive weapon.

He was released from prison in September.

A 17-year-old girl was placed on a probation order for two years.

She had admitted charges of affray and common assault.

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