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'Our son was tortured and left to die a long, lonely and slow death in bin'

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The parents of a young man who was beaten, stripped an d left for dead in a wheelie bin barely recognised their son due to the extent of his injuries.

Adam Robinson is recovering after he was set upon at a house party in an attack described as "torture" by a police officer investigating the case.

His father, Mervyn, said his son had been left to die "a long, lonely, slow death".

The naked 20-year-old was found head first in a bin, the lid of which had been taped shut, by a man walking his dog in the Sentry Hill area of Ballymena, Co Antrim last Tuesday.

He is currently recovering from injuries which his parents said included knife wounds across his body and liver and kidney damage.

He appears to have been struck so hard he has the imprint of a foot on his body.

Three people – two men and a woman – have been charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment in relation to the incident. Yesterday Adam's parents and the police officer leading the investigation urged the public to come forward with any information they may have.

Mervyn Robinson said the chance discovery of his battered son by the dog walker had saved his life.

"The bin had been taped shut and Adam could not get out. We just don't know how long he would have survived."

Mr Robinson said his son was recovering at home, having been discharged from hospital.

Police want to hear from anybody who saw a blue bin being pushed through the Sentry Hill, Doury Road, Dunclug or Dunvale areas on Tuesday morning or afternoon.

Two men and a woman appeared at the town's magistrates court last Thursday charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment.

Teri Lau of Dunclug Park, David Roddy Patterson of Glendun Drive, both 26, and Paula Wilson (20) of Millfield appeared together in the dock of the court.

A police detective told the court he could connect all three to the charges.

BACKGROUND

Adam Robinson (below) is recovering at home after he was the victim of a horror attack in Ballymena, Co Antrim. The 20-year-old was found naked in a wheelie bin having been beaten. The lid of the bin had been taped down. He was found by a dog walker last Tuesday in a secluded wooded area of the town. The attack has been described as "torture" by a police officer investigating the case. Three people – two men and a woman – have been charged with attempted murder.

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