Man jailed for sectarian hammer attack

Man jailed for sectarian hammer attack

A 42-year-old Londonderry man has been jailed for his part in a brutal sectarian attack in the city days before Christmas over a year ago.

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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