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Wheelie Bin Victim Was 'Tortured' After Party
A man who was beaten and sealed inside a wheelie bin after a drink and drug-fuelled party that lasted for days looked like he had been tortured, a court has heard.
A police detective told Ballymena Magistrates' Court that 20-year-old Adam Robinson suffered lacerations to his back, torso and limbs and was being treated in hospital for an injury to his liver.
"He looked like he had been tortured," the officer said. "He is being held in hospital on suspicion of injury to his liver."
The judge heard how Mr Robinson said he was viciously assaulted in the bathroom of a house on Ballymena's Dunclug estate.
The officer, who cannot be named for security reasons, added: "This was a drink and drug-fuelled party that lasted for a number of days.
"The injured party was viciously assaulted in the bath. That is his last memory. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a bin naked."
The revelations emerged as two men aged 26 and a 20-year-old woman appeared in court charged in connection with the alleged attack.
Teri Lau, 26, David Roddy Patterson, 26, and Paula Wilson, 20, all from Ballymena, are accused of attempted murder and false imprisonment.
The court heard Mr Robinson was only discovered on Tuesday by a couple walking their dog in woods near Sentry Hill.
The bin had been pushed up against a tree and was sealed with parcel tape. He was unsure how long he had been inside.
Mr Robinson told police he had been partying since last Tuesday and had little memory of the days leading up to the incident.
However, he named Lau as being involved in the alleged assault, the court was told.
Mr Patterson's defence barrister described the case against his client as "weak" and said there was a "murky background" to the case.
Ms Wilson's defence lawyer said he believed there was insufficient evidence against his client.
"The evidence connecting her is of an utterly tenuous nature," he said.
When proceedings started in courtroom number two, Mr Robinson's father approached the dock and had to be told to sit down by security staff.
As the three defendants were led outside other members of the family shouted "scumbags" and "you should be ashamed of yourselves" before Judge Perry ordered that the court be cleared.
Outside the court the defendants were heckled by friends of Mr Robinson who shouted as the prison van was driven away.
All three defendants were ordered to appear again at Ballymena Courthouse on October 3.