Limavady man admits sexually assaulting vulnerable woman

A 25-year-old Limavady man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he admitted sexual assault of a woman.

James Anthony McIntyre of Coolessen Walk, Limavady, admitted the offence, which occurred on 1 January, 2011.

The court was told that the injured party and the defendant would have known each other and on the night in question both had alcohol taken.

The accused was said to have touched the woman and persisted in doing so even after other people intervened.

Judge Piers Grant said that this persistence was an aggravating feature in the case and he said that the injured party was clearly unable to comprehend what was happening.

Judge Grant said the victim was a vulnerable young woman and while all her problems could not be laid at McIntyre's feet, he had to accept the responsibility for what his behaviour had caused.

The judge said that McIntyre had a substantial record, although not for this type of offence.

He said it was in his favour that the offence had not been premeditated and there had been no threat of violence.

He sentenced McIntyre to 15 months in prison and ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for a period of ten years.

Following the passing of the sentence the victim broke down in tears and had to be comforted by friends and relatives.