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Face of woman accused of Co Antrim 'bin beating'

Court hears how the victim was viciously assaulted in bathroom

By Christopher Woodhouse

THIS is the publicity shy woman accused of attempted murder following the discovery of a naked and badly injured man sealed inside a bin.

Paula Wilson appeared at a Ballymena court alongside David Roddy Patterson and Teri Lau last week accused of attempting to murder 20-year-old Adam Robinson.

The trio from Ballymena were also accused of false imprisonment and a detective told the court that the victim appeared to have been tortured.

Wilson managed to keep her identity hidden from the media outside by covering her head with a coat as she was led to court.

But the 20-year-old has previously not been shy of revealing her identity on Facebook.

Pictures taken some time ago of the three accused appear on their social networking pages showing them enjoying themselves.

Lau, 26, has a Twitter account in which he shows off his body builder’s physique and tattoos.

Paula Wilson from Millfield was released on bail while her co-accused – Patterson from Glendun Drive and Teri Lau from Dunclug Park were remanded into custody.

The court heard that the brutal attack on Mr Robinson was carried out after a “drink and drugs fuelled party” which lasted for days in the Dunclug Park area of the Co Antrim town.

A detective said the victim suffered lacerations to his back, torso and limbs and was being treated in hospital for an injury to his liver.

“He looked like he had been tortured,” the detective constable said.

“He is being held in hospital on suspicion of injury to his liver.” The court heard how the young man said he was viciously assaulted in the bathroom of an end terrace house in the Dunclug estate.

The victim told police he had been partying since last Tuesday and had little memory of the days leading up to the incident.

However, he has named Lau as being involved in the alleged assault.

The PSNI officer said: “He remembers being hit by Mr Lau while in the bath. He said there were two or three people or three or four people in the bathroom.”

The victim was only found by chance, when a dog sniffed out the bin in dense undergrowth at Five Mile Park, Sentry Hill, on Tuesday.

The bin had been pushed up against a tree and was sealed with parcel tape.

The pet’s barking alerted its owner who then rang the emergency services.

Wilson was released on £500 bail under strict conditions that included an electronic tag and bans from Ballymena town, using or having a mobile telephone, travelling in a car and consuming alcohol or drugs.

She was ordered to live at an approved address with her uncle in Cullybackey, Co Antrim.

All three defendants were ordered to appear again at Ballymena Courthouse on October 3.

A third man arrested in connection with the incident was later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

The detective constable said he had provided alibis for his whereabouts at the time of the attack.

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