Jailed for sexually assaulting ex-partner

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A man who threatened to rape his ex-partner in front of their children has been jailed for four and a half years.

The 29-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim, was assessed as posing a significant risk of harm.

As a result he will not automatically qualify to be released from prison after he serves half of his sentence. Instead his date of release will be determined by parole commissioners.

Once he is released, the defendant will be subject to an extended licence period for three years to protect the public from harm.

He will also be subject to the sex offenders register and a sexual offences prevention order for an indefinite period.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to sexual assault, common assault and false imprisonment with intent to commit a sexual offence on June 23, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the couple’s nine year relationship had broken down weeks before the incident.

In the early hours of the morning, the man went to his ex-partner’s home and took her mobile phone off her.

The 29-year-old came back an hour later and began asking the injured party about messages on her phone.

He grabbed her and pulled her into the bedroom, threatening to rape her.

The court heard the defendant told the woman ‘everyone else has been at you. I am going to rape you’.

The victim was shouting and screaming and their two children woke up during the ‘commotion’.

The court heard that the man dragged the woman into the bathroom and forced her into the bath before removing her clothes and sexually assaulting her.

He sexually assaulted her a second time in another part of the house.

A neighbour phoned the police because she was concerned about screaming coming from the house and the defendant was arrested a short time later.

The court was told the victim is ‘terrified’ of her ex-partner and feared for her own safety on this night.

It was revealed the 29-year-old has a previous conviction for assaulting the woman and their relationship had been abusive.

Jailing the defendant, Judge Philip Babington said the offending was aggravated by the previous domestic violence.

He said further aggravating factors were that the incident occurred in the victim’s home, a place where she should feel safe and it happened in the presence of their children.

Judge Babington said this was ‘sexual offending carried out for the basest of motives, sexual revenge.’

He added it was ‘sordid conduct’ and the victim was assaulted ‘quite gratuitously and with no thought for the effect on her’.

As part of the sexual offences prevention order, the defendant is banned from having any contact with the injured party and from forming a relationship without disclosing the nature of his conviction.