Belfast Telegraph

Trio go on trial over false imprisonment case

By Michael Donnelly

A young woman accused of falsely imprisoning and attempting to murder a man in a Co Antrim town last year has gone on trial.

Paula Wilson (21), originally from Millfield, Ballymena, is on trial along with two 27-year-old men: Teri Christopher Bernard Lau, from Dunclug Park, and Roddy Patterson, from Glendun Drive.

They all deny the false imprisonment and attempted murder of 21-year-old Adam Robinson in September 2013.

Prior to being sworn in, Antrim Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC told the jury of eight men and four women that they would hear evidence not only from Mr Robinson, but from other civilian and police witnesses.

Evidence would also be given about the Sentry Hill Park area of Ballymena. However, following a short adjournment, the judge told the jurors there were matters to be resolved before the start of the trial proper.

He said that in the circumstances, it would be best to release them for the day, to return back to court today.

Judge Kerr warned the jury they had sworn to decide the case without prejudice or sympathy for either the prosecution or defence, and solely on the evidence by hear in court.

He added they should make no attempt whatsoever to discover any information about the case.

The judge said they were aware of the identity of the defendants and the complaint in the case, but that they should not go looking on the internet for information, or to allow anyone to speak to them about the case. The trial is expected to last two-and-a-half weeks.

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