Loyalist hitman Michael Stone has been described as a “lunatic” by one of his targets.

Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week, is reported to have warned a newspaper of the planned attack and also a desire to murder fellow Loyalist Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair.

Adair has in the past been accused of being gay by Stone, he told the Daily Express: “Michael is mentally unstable and I kind of feel sorry for him. What was he going to shoot me with, the plastic gun he had at Stormont?

“He has repeatedly said his war was over, so why did he go to Stormont? He’s a headcase and just lives for publicity. He always has to create his own publicity.

“If Loyalists are laughing at him, what must Republicans be thinking? The man is a total headcase and I have been proved right.”

He described Stone as a “a lunatic who should be sectioned”.

Stone will be remanded in custody in solitary confinement until December 22.

He was stopped by security guards on Friday morning after attempting to enter the Northern Ireland Assembly with a gun and nail bombs.