A Ballymena woman allegedly threatened by loyalists after being accused of involvement in a murder-bid on 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.
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 imprisoning 21-year-old Adam Robinson between September 1 and 3 last year.
Her lawyer Daniel Mullan said that Wilson only wanted her bail curfew extend from 10.30pm until 1am “in order to attend a bonfire”. However, no application was made to lift the drink and drugs 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of Patterson was dropped when his lawyer Sean Doherty told Belfast Crown Court that an agreed bail address had been “withdrawn at the eleventh hour”.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 was 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 appearence 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 Dungclug estate.
Ballymena District Judge Des Perry was told at the time that Mr Robinson was viciouosly 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.