The parents of a 20-year-old Ballymena man found naked and injured inside a taped-up wheelie bin yesterday helped police make a fresh appeal for information.
Adam Robinson was discovered in the town’s Sentry Hill park last Tuesday afternoon by a man walking his dog.
Mr Robinson sustained lacerations to his back, torso and limbs and an injury to his liver.
He had been attacked in a house at Dunclug Park, a court heard last week.
Yesterday, his parents Wilma Stewart and Mervyn Robinson joined Detective Chief Inspector Tracey Mageean at Ballymena police station to deliver the appeal.
Mervyn Robinson said his son had been left to “a lonely, slow death”.
Reading from a prepared statement, Mervyn Robinson told reporters: “When the police called me, I hardly recognised our son.
“He had been in the bin for many hours after being badly beaten, stripped naked and put into the bin head first.
Mervyn also revealed that his son had knife marks all over this body, “as well as a footprint on his body”.
“A man out walking on Tuesday afternoon in the Sentry Hill area noticed his dog barking at something. He found the blue bin taped up, wedged below a tree in a secluded area surrounded by nettles and, hearing Adam crying out, he opened the bin and freed him. Our sincere thanks and prayers go out to that man,” said Mervyn.
Last week, two men aged 26 and a 20-year-old woman appeared in court charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment.
A police officer told Ballymena Magistrates’ Court that the incident had arisen out of a “drink and drug-fuelled party that lasted a number of days” at an address at Dunclug Park. He said that the injured party’s last recollection, prior to being discovered in the park, was of being assaulted in the bathroom of the premises.
Refuting “some reports” that his son has been “partying for a week”, Mervyn appealed for anyone who saw the blue bin being wheeled in the Dunclug, Dunvale, Doury Road, People’s Park or Sentry Hill areas last Tuesday to contact the PSNI.
Echoing his appeal, Adam’s mother Wilma stated: “I want to make sure that this cannot happen to anyone else’s son or daughter. I appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how small, to contact the police.”
She extended thanks to friends, family and neighbours for their support.
For more on this story, see this week’s Ballymena Times, out today.