A Co.Derry man who admitted the ‘shocking’ abuse of a vulnerable teenage girl is to be sentenced next month.
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, pleaded guilty to eight charges of indecent assault, two charges of gross indecency with a child and making a threat to damage property.
The 44-year-old also admitted eight charges of assualt occasioning actual bodily harm. All the offences were committed between January 2006 and December 2009. They began when the victim was just 15-years-old.
Derry Crown Court heard the defendant threatened to petrol bomb the house where the girl was living if she did not move in with him. The girl, who had been in the care system for a time, moved in with him because she though she would have a loving relationship with him.
The court heard the man began to abuse the girl and on one occasion dipped her head in a pan of cold cooking oil while having intercourse with her.It was revealed that the man also sexually abused her using a rolling pin and the handle of a hammer and would masturbate in front of her.
The court was told the man would consistently kick, punch and assault his victim and regularly stubbed out cigarettes on her body. On one occasion he ripped an earring from her ear and left her with an injury which required stitches.
He also attempted to strangle her. At one stage she blacked out and when she came round the 44-year-old was standing over her, pouring beer on top of her.
The defendant was arrested in 2010 and his house was searched. It was revealed to the court a hammer was under his bed during this search.
He denied all the allegations and also denied the victim had been living with him.
A victim impact report said the injured party is a “disturbed and vulnerable” girl who will require counselling for many years to come.
Defence QC Paul Ramsey told the court it was “difficult to read the papers in the case without feeling outrage”. He added his client has said he is “ashamed” of his behaviour.
Adjourning sentencing, Judge Philip Babington said this is a “shocking case” and he would like some time to consider the sentence.