A man accused of trying to murder another man found naked and beaten in a taped-up wheelie bin is to remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.
Teri Lau was refused bail amid prosecution claims there is a risk of interference with witnesses in the case.
The 26-year-old is charged with the attempted murder and false imprisonment of Adam Robinson in Ballymena, Co Antrim.
Mr Robinson was discovered by dog walkers in a wooded area at Sentry Hill in the town last September.
He had been seriously assaulted and needed hospital treatment for his injuries.
It is alleged that he was sealed in the bin after being attacked at a drink and drugs-fuelled party.
Lau, of Dunclug Park in the town, was arrested and charged along with another man and woman.
His lawyers mounted a new High Court application for bail based on the length of time spent in custody.
But although the judge acknowledged that any trial is unlikely to begin this year, he held there was not enough delay to warrant releasing Lau.
Turning to concerns about potential interference with witnesses, Lord Justice Higgins said he had to examine the alleged offences.
"The circumstances of this case, where a person was found inside a wheelie bin that has been taped-up, indicate a potential view that the intention of those involved in this incident was to remove this witness from the scene," he said.
Refusing bail, he added: "That, in conjunction with the evidence potentially from a number of passers-by... in a situation which appears to have commenced at an alcohol and drugs-fuelled party leads me to be satisfied that the risk in relation to interference with witnesses can be considered to be real."