Man dumped naked in sealed wheelie bin handed three-year road ban over drink-driving
A man once beaten and thrown naked into a taped-up wheelie bin that was abandoned in a park has appeared in court over drink-driving.
Adam Robinson (24), from Kintullagh Court, Ballymena, appeared at the town's Magistrates' Court and admitted driving with excess alcohol, taking his girlfriend's car without her permission and driving without insurance or a licence on December 27 last year.
A prosecutor said police saw a car swerving across a road in the early hours of the day in question. The defendant was found to have an alcohol breath reading of 58 micrograms per 100mililitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said Robinson and his girlfriend had gone out for a few drinks and walked to a bar in Ballymena.
He claimed his client left the premises after he was attacked and, worried he was being followed, took his girlfriend's car "on the spur of the moment".
The solicitor added his client's girlfriend was "not too pleased" with him taking her car.
District Judge Peter King said because Robinson had a previous drink-related conviction from 2013 he was sentencing him to a three-year driving ban, along with a £450 fine.
In 2015, two men and a woman were sentenced for their roles in an incident in which the defendant was found beaten up and naked in a wheelie bin in the town.
A judge in that case told the court Robinson sincerely believed he was going to die after he was left inside with limited air to breathe.
He was eventually freed after a dog sniffed him out. The court heard that if he had not been discovered, he could have died.
Judge Gordon Kerr added that when Robinson was freed from the bin, he was naked, covered in sweat, extremely distressed and "clearly disorientated".
He added that after reading victim impact reports, it was clear he had been left "highly traumatised" as a result of the ordeal.