Trio go on trial accused of false imprisonment and murder bid

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A young Ballymena woman has gone on trial along with two 27-year-old men accused of falsely imprisoning and attempting to murder a man in the town in September last year.

Paula Wilson, aged 21, orginally from Millfield, Ballymena; Teri Christopher Bernard Lau, from Dunclug Park; and Roddy Patterson, from Glendun Drive, deny the false imprisonment and attempted murder of 21-year-old Adam Robinson between September 1 and 4, 2013.

Prior to being sworn in on Monday, Antrim Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC told the jury of eight men and four women that during the trial, expected to last two-and-a-half weeks, they would hear evidence not only from 21-year-old Mr Robinson, but also from a number of other civilian and police witnesses.

However, following a short adjournment, the judge told them that there were a number of matters to be resolved before the start of the trial proper. He added that, in the circumstances, rather than having them wait around, it would be best to release them for the day, to return this morning.

In conclusion, Judge Kerr warned the jury they had sworn to decide the case without prejudice or sympathy for either the prosecution or defence, and solely on the evidence they hear in court. More importantly, he added, they were to make no attempt whatsoever to discover any information about the case.

The judge warned the jury that they should not go looking on the internet for information, or allow anyone to speak to them about the case.