Anonymity refused for sex assault case

Published Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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A Londonderry district judge has refused to grant an anonymity order to a man charged with a number of sexual offences.

Anonymity refused for sex assault case
Crawford was released on continuing bail. (© UTV)

The defendant, Damien Crawford, 41, from Carnhill in Derry, is charged with intentionally touching a woman in a sexual manner on 4 December.

He is further charged with assaulting the woman and entering her home as a trespasser with the intention of committing a sexual offence.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott's application for anonymity for his client was refused by District Judge Barney McElholm.

"The principle of open justice must apply," said the judge.

The defendant was released on continuing police bail until he appears in court again on 9 January.

As part of his bail conditions the defendant was ordered not to contact the complainant and not to enter the housing estate where she lives.

© UTV News
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Colin D. in Londonderry wrote (134 days ago):
Open Justice in Northern Ireland cannot exist whilst men with guns prevail community justice in the name of no one. All offenders of any crimes, drugs and sexual especially, should receive full anonymity until a jury of their peers finds them guilty. This is the reality; we are unable to be adult or respectful of Justice so the law /must/ adapt to the society it is within.
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