Published Friday, 17 January 2014
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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