Published Thursday, 05 September 2013
The comments were made as a woman and two men accused of trying to murder the victim were brought before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.
As well as attempted murder, the trio - Paula Wilson, 20 and from Millfield; David Roddy Patterson, 26 and from Glendun Drive; and Teri Lau, also 26 and from Dunclug Park - are further charged with false imprisonment.
The court heard that the brutal attack 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 police detective told the court that the 20-year-old 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."
District Judge Des Perry heard how the young man said he was viciously assaulted in the bathroom of an end terrace house at Dunclug Park in Ballymena's Dunclug estate.
This was a drink and drug-fuelled party that lasted for a number of days. The injured party was viciously assaulted in the bath. That is his last memory. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a bin naked.
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 court was told.
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 animal's barking alerted its owner who then rang the emergency services. The young man was unsure how long he had been inside.
Patterson and Lau were remanded in custody, while Paula Wilson was released on bail.
Wilson, whose occupation was unknown, 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 3 October.
A third man arrested in connection with the incident was released on police bail pending further enquiries. The detective constable said he had provided alibis for his whereabouts at the time of the attack.
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