Man found naked in bin ‘looked like he’d been tortured’
Man remembers assault in bath at ‘drink and drug-fuelled party’, court hears
Man (20) with broken leg and arm and badly dehydrated found tied up in a wheelie bin. Photograph: PA
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 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 detective constable said. “He is being held in hospital on suspicion of injury to his liver.”
District Judge Des Perry heard how Mr Robinson said he was viciously assaulted in the bathroom of an end terrace house at Dunclug Park in Ballymena’s Dunclug estate, Co Antrim.
The PSNI 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, from Dunclug Park, David Roddy Patterson, from Glendun Drive, and Paula Wilson, from Millfield, all in Ballymena, are accused of attempted murder and false imprisonment.
The court heard how Mr Robinson was only discovered on Tuesday by a couple out walking their dog in a wooded area near Sentry Hill, close to Dunclug. 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 has named Lau as being involved in the alleged assault, the court was told.
The PSNI officer said: “He remembers being hit by Mr Lau while in the bath. He said there were two or three people or three or four people in the bathroom.”
During the brief hearing all three defendants sat in the dock and listened intently with their hands over their mouths. Mr Lau has a tattooed neck and was wearing a navy tracksuit, while Mr Patterson has cropped fair hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. They were handcuffed to prison guards.
Ms Wilson, whose bleached blonde hair was scraped back into a knot at the top of her head, was wearing a navy track top and jogging bottoms.
A bail application for Mr Patterson, who is unemployed, was refused after Judge Perry said he was concerned the defendant could interfere with witnesses.