Jailed for imprisoning stranger and assaulting him

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A man who held a stranger captive in a flat for almost six hours during which time he was attacked, robbed and threatened with death has been jailed for four and a half years.

Mark Edward Toner, 38, from St Eithne’s Park in the city pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning the man, making threats to kill him, and wounding him in November 2009.

Derry Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, was told that Toner invited the man to a flat for a drink after sharing a taxi with him.

Inside the flat, Toner started to attack the man and after forcing him to kneel on the ground, told him he was going to chop him into little pieces.

The victim’s wallet was taken from him and his bank card was used to withdraw hundreds of pounds from an ATM.

The man sustained serious head, eye and ear injuries and needed 16 staples to his wounds.

Toner was ordered to spend 27 months behind bars and a similar period on licence.

A 20 year old woman, Stacey Magee from Jefferson Court in Derry pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault and one charge of theft arising from the same incident.

Judge Piers Grant said he would sentence Magee in six months time after she agreed to seek help for alcohol problems.