Jail for man who attacked resident as he lay in his bed

A 30-year-old Derry man who attacked a man as he lay in bed has been jailed for four and a half years.

Kevin Ward Sheriff’s Glen in Derry admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on November 27, 2011.

He also admitted assaulting the injured party’s daughter, who tried to intervene in the assault.

Derry Crown Court heard that Ward had only been released from prison 13 days before the incident after serving a sentence for assaulting another man.

Judge Piers Grant said that the injured party had sustained “extensive facial injures as a result of the attack” and his daughter had suffered a black eye when Ward struck her as she tried to protect her father.

The judge said that Ward had entered the man’s bedroom and attacked him “quite significantly”.

The court heard a struggle had ensued and the injured party produced a large knife and “proceeded to defend himself”.

Passing sentence Judge Grant said: “This was a ‘premeditated attack, you went to the home of the injured party, attacked him in his bedroom and continued to attack him over a period of time despite the efforts of the injured party and his daughter.”

Dismissing the injuries suffered by Ward, Judge Grant said: “You brought this on yourself.

“It is quite clear that if you had not been in the house and not entered the bedroom you would not have come off worse as you did.”

He added that the assault had taken place within a family home and said “people are entitled to feel safe within their own homes.”

The judge accepted Ward came from a “troubled background” and that he had shown regret for his actions.

He sentenced him to two and half years for the assault and then imposed a consecutive sentence of two years because Ward was in breach of a probation order from the earlier offence.