Northern Ireland

Adam Robinson left in bin 'to long, lonely, slow death'

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Media captionAdam Robinson's father, Mervyn, said his son had been left to "a long, lonely, slow death".

The father of a 20-year-old man who was found beaten in a taped-up bin in Ballymena last week said his son was left to "a long, lonely, slow death".

Adam Robinson was found on Tuesday 3 September in a wooded area at Sentry Hill in the County Antrim town.

He had been assaulted and had a serious injury to his knee. He has now been discharged from hospital.

His father, Meryvn Robinson, said that he wanted to thank the man out walking his dog who found his son.

He also joined the police officer in charge of the investigation in appealing for more witnesses to come forward.

Last week three people appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

Knife marks

Mervyn Robinson said: "Adam had been in the bin for many hours after being badly beaten, stripped naked and put into the bin head first.

"He had been left to a long, lonely, slow death and our sincere thanks and prayers go out to that man who found him.

"When the police called me I hardly recognised our son.

"He was badly beaten, was cut and bruised, had knife marks all over his body with a footprint on his body.

"The hospital's main concern was for his liver and his kidneys. His left knee is also in an awful state.

Discharged

"The bin had been taped shut and Adam could not get out. We don't know how much longer he would have survived."

Adam Robinson's mother, Wilma Stewart, said she wanted to make sure that what happened to her son cannot be repeated.

A press conference at Ballymena police station heard that Mr Robinson had been discharged from hospital but is still in a lot of pain.

Det Ch Insp Tracey Mageean said: "I believe that people will have seen this incident take place in the Doury Road, Dunclug or Dunvale areas of Ballymena between late morning and the afternoon of Tuesday 3 September. I want those people to come forward to us to provide that information.

"We need you to come forward and tell us what you saw.

"The incident has shocked local people and brought really negative attention to Ballymena."