Published Friday, 17 January 2014
McGarrigle was jailed on Thursday for his role in the attack. (© UTV)
Paul McGarrigle from Newbuildings had previously pleaded guilty to four charges including attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.
The court heard that on 22 December 2012, McGarrigle and a number of other men forced their way into a house party in Ebrington Street.
They shouted sectarian abuse at a lone Catholic man they had singled out - they then proceeded to beat him unconscious, punching and kicking him as well as attacking him with a hammer.
The victim received serious head and facial injuries.
In sentencing McGarrigle on Thursday, Judge Philip Babington said he'd received references testifying to the defendent's cross-community work and that this was in "stark contrast" to an unprovoked sectarian assault.
He jailed McGarrigle for eight years, with half to be spent on licence.
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