Jailed for ‘torturing’ residents in their own home

A teenager who ‘tortured’ people ‘trying to live quietly in their flat’ has been jailed for nine months.

Andrew Carlin, whose address was given as c/o Hydebank, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on June 14, last year.

The 19-year-old also admitted common assault.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard a number of youths were causing a disturbance outside a flat in Bloomfield Park.

The injured party and his partner asked them to leave several times.

Three of the youths approached the man, punched him and smashed a bottle over his head.

The woman then came out of the flat and they punched her on the nose.

They also kicked the door of the flat and caused damage to the lock and the front panel.

The male injured party sustained an injury to his head and the woman experienced soreness and swelling to her nose.

Defence Counsel Steven Mooney said his client has no convictions for violence and pleaded guilty at an early opportunity.

He added Carlin is currently on remand for more serious offences.

District Judge Barney McElholm said he believed this incident was ‘aggravated by hostility’ as the injured party was referred to in derogatory terms.

He added: ‘This involved ordinary decent people trying to live quietly in their flat being harassed and tortured by a group of thugs, creating noise outside their flat and urinating on their front door’.

The judge said the ‘home should be a place of sanctuary for us all and the fact that someone can’t live peaceably in their home without being tortured by a set a young thugs will not be tolerated.’

Judge McElholm said this was ‘disgusting and outrageous behaviour.’

Jailing Carlin, he also imposed a £25 offender levy.