Jailed for campaign of physical and sexual abuse

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A man who subjected his partner to a ‘campaign’ of sexual and physical abuse has been jailed for three years.

Greg Deyzel Logue, of Duddys Court, pleaded guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and six charges of common assault.

The offences were committed between January 2008 and February 2011.

The 34-year-old is currently serving a seven year sentence for assaulting the same injured party and the three year sentence will run consecutively to this.

His victim, Terri Louise Graham, has waived her right to anonymity so that Logue can be named in the press.

Derry Crown Court heard the details of the ‘campaign of sexual and physical abuse’.

Over the three year period, Logue bit her on the nose and face, slapped and punched the injured party. He also assaulted her as she held her 18-month-old child and recklessly hit the child.

The court was told Logue sexually assaulted Ms Graham in her home and in a hotel and on occasions in public.

It was also revealed there was a ‘background of intimidation’ and Ms Graham was in fear of the 34-year-old. She was told by Logue a number of times that the abuse was to stay in the family.

The court heard the Logue has been assessed as posing a significant risk of harm, particularly in the context of a relationship.

Ms Graham has ‘significant harm’ as a result of the abuse and is still suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress disorder and remains ‘fearful’ in her own home.

Defence counsel Brian McCartney QC said there were underlying factors to the violence, including jealousy, possessiveness, domestic arguments and issues with drugs and alcohol.

He said this doesn’t excuse the behaviour, but goes some way to explain it.

However, the barrister said Logue ‘should never have lifted his hand to this girl’.

Mr McCartney revealed to the court Logue now has the status of an enhanced prisoner and is a counsellor to new prisoners.

Passing sentence, Judge Steven Fowler said that the relationship between Logue and Ms Graham was marked by alcohol abuse and domestic violence, something which is ‘sadly all too common in this jurisdiction’.

He said the ‘campaign of sexual abuse’ the injured party was subjected to was ‘facilitated by physical abuse’.

The judge added that there was a ‘gross breach of trust’ in the case as ‘people in a relationship should be able to trust one another and feel safe’.

Judge Fowler imposed a three year sentence, which will run consecutively to the seven year sentence Logue is already serving.

Logue will also be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for seven years and must sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

Victim relieved

Speaking after the sentence was passed, Terri Louise Graham said she was ‘relieved’ her ordeal is now over.

She told the ‘Journal’ she is ‘glad it is finally over’ and hopes that now Logue is on the sex offenders register other women will be protected from him.

‘The court case has taken a lot out of me. The sentencing has been delayed so many times and now it is over there is a sense of relief and everyone knows what he is like’.

Terri Louise made the brave decision to waive her right to anonymity to encourage other women who may be experiencing physical or sexual abuse to come forward. Her message to anyone who is experiencing abuse is to talk to someone now.

“There is no excuse for it and you don;t deserve it. No one is entitled to abuse you in anyway. Try your best to get out and speak to somebody, anybody.”

She adds that while the experience of going to court may be difficult it is worth it.

Terri Louise knows that her ordeal at the hands of Greg Logue will remain part of her life, but believes she has emerged stronger from it.

“There are times I think I will never get over it. But today I believe I will. I am a stronger person for it and I hope to be able to help others”.

She now plans to go back to university to finish her degree and ‘make my kids proud of me’.

Terri Louise also hopes to volunteer along with those who helped her through her ordeal .