Attack accused allowed to attend bonfire

Published Friday, 11 July 2014
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A Ballymena woman accused of involvement in the murder bid of a young man, whose naked body was found in a sealed wheelie bin, has had her bail curfew extended to attend an Eleventh night bonfire.

Attack accused allowed to attend bonfire
The victim was discovered in the Sentry Hill area. (© Pacemaker)

Judge Gordon Kerr QC agreed to extend 21-year-old Paula Wilson's curfew until 1am after being told that the police "apparently" had no objection to the bail variation.

Wilson, from Milfield is charged - along with two 27-year-olds also from the Co Antrim town, David Roddy Patterson, from Glendun Drive, and Teri Lau, from Dunclug Park, - of attempting to murder and falsely imprison 21-year-old Adam Robinson between 1 and 3 September last year.

Her lawyer Daniel Mullan said that Wilson only wanted her bail curfew extended from 10.30pm until 1am "in order to attend a bonfire".

However, no application was made to lift the alcohol ban, or any of her other bail conditions.

A full bail application on behalf of Patterson was dropped when his lawyer Sean Doherty told Belfast Crown Court that an agreed bail address had been "withdrawn at the eleventh hour".

No details surrounding the attack on Mr Robinson were given during the brief application to vary Wilson's bail, but last October the High Court, who allowed her to live at a new undisclosed address, was told she was the subject of a threat by loyalist paramilitaries.

The court had heard that the loyalists has issued two separate threats, and had allegedly planned a show of strength, including a possible petrol bomb attack on a previous bail address.

Wilson was initially granted bail following her appearance at Ballymena Magistrates' Court accused of involvement in the attack on Mr Robinson following an alleged drink and drugs fuelled party, which ran for several days, in the town's Dunclug estate.

Ballymena District Judge Des Perry was told at the time, that Mr Robinson was viciously beaten in the bathroom of the end of terrace house, before being stripped and put into the wheelie bin which was then sealed up with parcel tape.

A detective told the Co Antrim court it was later found by chance by a man alerted by his barking dog.

The bin, which was propped up against a tree, was uncovered in dense undergrowth at Five Mile Park, Sentry Hill, in the town.

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16 Comments
Tara in Strabane wrote (81 days ago):
absolutely shocking. this is an absolute disgrace
Snowy in Ardoyne, Ireland wrote (81 days ago):
UNBELIEVABLE. UNBELIEVABLE. UNBELIEVABLE. UNBELIEVABLE.
marty in omagh wrote (82 days ago):
wow, some people aren't allowed to visit a funeral and other aren't allowed to visit families while on bail for a lot less serious charges and this woman is allowed to party at a bonfire... shocking to hear that a judge and the psni had a hand in letting her do so...
JimBo in Wexford wrote (82 days ago):
Once again One Judge makes a decision that can not be questioned surely it is time that the justice system should have the same transparency as all public bodies who are they answerable to ? Bail to attend a bonfire, on an individual who has strict conditions placed on them including refraining from consuming alcohol ? So who was responsible for checking to see if indeed she returned home at 1.00am as agreed with the court ? Surely not the Judge! No it would be down to the PSNI on one of the busiest nights of the year to ensure the bail conditions have been met, I wonder what the cost was sending a car around to check, and all because she wanted to attend a bonfire? Come on you politicians lets open up OUR Justice system to the people that it is suppose to protect ..
jason in derry wrote (82 days ago):
WHATTT!!!!!!!!!! Disgrace this is just madness . feel so sorry on this mans family no need for this at all
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