Bar owner sexually assaulted teen

Bishop street Courthouse
Bishop street Courthouse

The owner of a Magilligan bar sexually assaulted a teenage girl as she lay in her bed, a court has heard.

John Gaile, of Ballymadigan Terrace, Castlerock, pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault between June 2011 and August 2012.

Derry Crown Court heard the victim, a 16-year-old girl, had been to a funeral along with her mother, Gaile and other friends.

They got a mini bus back to the 52-year-old’s bar and the girl stayed there for a while before walking home.

The teenager woke up in the early hours of the morning to find Gaile in her room.

He sat on the bed and began touching her chest and tried to kiss her.

The girl ‘squirmed’ away and Gaile touched her under her pyjama bottoms and gave her a ‘love bite’ on her neck.

She got out of bed and went into the living room until the 52-year-old left the house.

The girl also reported an incident which happened a few months before this.

Gaile had touched her chest when she was in a passenger in a car.

The court was told the injured party has been affected by the incidents, but has managed to move on with her life.

Defence counsel Arthur Harvey QC said his client accepts ‘he should never have been involved in any contact with this young woman in any circumstances’.

He said on this night ‘any sense of judgement left him because of the amount of alcohol consumed’.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing until later this morning and Gaile was released on continuing bail.