Jailed for exually assaulting his ex-partners 14-year-old sister


A Co. Derry man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl has been jailed for a total of eight months.

The 30-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of sexually assaulting his ex-partners 14-year-old sister on August 23, last year.

He was also found guilty of assaulting his ex-partner and a teenage boy on the same night.

The defendant grabbed the girl’s chest during the incident.

He was sentenced for further offences committed on May 25, last year.

The court heard he punched a man, who was attending a birthday party for his sister.

The 30-year-old punched him twice to the face causing swelling.

He also assaulted another man during the party by pushing him up against the arm of a sofa.

This caused bruising to the injured party’s ribs.

Defence counsel Dean Mooney said these incidents took place at a time when his client found himself out of work for the first time.

He said the 30-year-old started taking ‘too much alcohol’.

District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant had received two suspended sentences for common assault earlier in 2014.

He said there ‘has to be an immediate custodial sentence there is no other alternative’.

The 30-year-old was jailed for eight months and ordered to sign the sex offenders register for seven years.