Ballymena wheelie bin attack thug freed to see his ill father
A Ballymena man who is awaiting sentencing for his role in the false imprisonment and assault of a man who was found gagged and naked in a wheelie bin has been granted compassionate bail to visit his ill father.
Roddy Patterson (28), from Glendun Drive in the Co Antrim town, is one of three people currently on remand for offences linked to an attack on a man in September 2013.
The victim was beaten following a party in the Dunclug area of Ballymena, and was found naked by a dog walker in a sealed-up wheelie bin, which had been placed in dense undergrowth in the Sentry Hill area of the town.
Patterson is awaiting sentence on three charges - false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing cannabis - and earlier yesterday a compassionate bail application was made at Belfast Crown Court.
A Crown prosecutor told Judge Gordon Kerr QC that the application was made to allow Patterson to visit his father, who is in ill health.
Revealing Mr Patterson's poor health means he cannot visit his son in prison, the prosecutor said Patterson was granted compassionate bail to visit his father seven months ago, during which time he adhered to the conditions imposed. Judge Kerr granted bail on the grounds Patterson is picked up and returned to prison by his mother, and that the only address he visits is his father's.
After granting Patterson compassionate bail for next Wednesday, Judge Kerr asked when the trio would be sentenced. This prompted Patterson's solicitor to ask that the case be listed for mention in the same court next Tuesday.