Sixth suspect 'arrested' in connection with 'kidnap and attempted murder' of man found 'near death' outside Broughshane

Sixth suspect 'arrested' in connection with 'kidnap and attempted murder' of man found 'near death' outside Broughshane

A SIXTH suspect has been arrested in connection with the 'kidnap and attempted murder' of a man who was discovered "within an hour from death" in a field at Lisnamurrican Road near Broughshane.

Details of the arrest were revealed by a prosecutor at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday as five men accused regarding the case had their cases further adjourned to March 10.

The accused are:  David Coleman (36), of Fountain Place in Ballymena; Mark Bradshaw (51), of High Street in Ballymena; David Philip Cherry (39), of Waveney Park, Belfast; Sean Davies (39), of Queen's Park, Saintfield and Glenn Allen Sheridan (43), of Florence Walk, Belfast.

The charges relate to October 11 last year.

A previous court heard a man had been spotted lying in a field by a passing bin lorry and he was only wearing Boxer shorts and shoes.

The man was severely injured and had a stab wound in his chest close to his heart and other injuries included a skull fracture, a detached and broken jaw and a slice across his face.

The man was in intensive care for a number of weeks.

The man's car was found burnt out at a lane on a rural part of the Doury Road near Ballymena.

The earlier court heard following a "lengthy recovery" after coming out of sedation and having surgery, the victim made a statement to police on November 19, alleging he was invited to Coleman's property at Fountain Place in Ballymena to "pack cocaine" due to him having an "outstanding debt" to Coleman.

The victim alleged a man went through the victim's phone and it was alleged the victim was accused of "hacking customers phones" and "taking customers" from Coleman.

The victim claimed a man had "laughed along" and "encouraged" Coleman to assault the victim.

The victim, the police officer told the court, claimed Coleman produced a knife which was heated on a gas hob before stabbing him in the chest and putting it in his mouth and "slashing his face deeply".

The victim also alleged he was forced to strip and clean up his own blood at Coleman's address.

The victim then alleged he was put in the boot of a car and had been threatened with a knife and a hatchet and had lost consciousness.

A police officer said when the victim was dumped those responsible believed he was either dead or close to death.

The officer said doctors had told how the victim was "within an hour from death" from blood loss or possibly hypothermia.

  • Main picture: A general view of part of the Lisnamurrican Road near Broughshane. Picture: Google Maps.