Bin attack accused Paula Wilson released on bail
A woman accused of trying to murder a man found naked and beaten in a taped-up wheelie bin has been threatened by loyalist paramilitaries, the High Court has heard.
Paula Wilson handed herself back in to custody after receiving messages about a planned show of strength and potential petrol bombing at her previous bail address.
A judge has now ruled that she can be released again to live at a new, undisclosed location.
Mr Justice Horner said: "It would be a pretty unhappy state of affairs if those criminal elements could dictate who can and can't get bail."
Wilson (20) of Millfield, Ballymena, Co Antrim, is charged with the attempted murder and false imprisonment of Adam Robinson in the town last month.
Two 26-year-old men – her boyfriend Teri Lau of Dunclug Park, and David Patterson of Glendun Drive, both in Ballymena – face the same charges.
Mr Robinson was discovered by dog-walkers in a wooded area at Sentry Hill on September 3.
He had been seriously assaulted and needed hospital treatment.
It is alleged he was sealed in the bin after being attacked at a drink and drugs-fuelled party in the town.
Wilson had previously been granted bail to stay at an address in Cullybackey, three miles outside Ballymena.
But the court was told yesterday that she turned herself in to police 24 hours later because of two separate threats.
Wilson is allegedly linked to the incident by witness descriptions of a female near where Mr Robinson was found in the taped-up bin, the court heard.
Mrs McKay told the court: "She, police believe, had full knowledge he was left in this position and took no action to raise the alarm."
Setting out a possible background to the incident, the barrister confirmed there was no known history between the victim and any accused.
Opposing Wilson's request to be released again to stay at another location, Mrs McKay claimed it was less than two miles from where the victim lives.
Although Mr Robinson has recovered well from his physical injuries, she said he has been left psychologically traumatised and having problems sleeping.
But according to defence counsel Andrew Moriarty, a series of Facebook postings by Mr Robinson showed he was applying a sense of humour to the situation.
In one he stated: "109 likes??? I'm getting a kicking more often lol."
Mr Moriarty disputed the prosecution assessment of his client's alleged role, arguing the victim himself stated he doesn't believe she was involved in attacking him.
Urging the judge to grant bail, he said the proposed new address is in a nationalist district.
Mr Justice Horner pointed out that the district judge who previously granted bail had decided the potential risk of interference with the case could be managed.
Wilson was released on conditions including a ban on entering Ballymena, a curfew and electronic monitoring. She is not to contact the victim or co-accused.