Man jailed for sectarian hammer attack

Published Friday, 17 January 2014
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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.

Man jailed for sectarian hammer attack
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.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (377 days ago):
Sick - with people running around doing this sort of behaviour no wonder NI is in the state its in .. The courts need to crack down on this sort of hate crime - lead by example ... Lock him away!
Ryan in An Dun wrote (378 days ago):
This scum bag got off far too lightly. I think the justice system needs to be looked at.
John in Newtownabbey wrote (379 days ago):
Why do thugs get involved in cross community work? Simple - to get money from government!
Eamonn in Belfast wrote (379 days ago):
He was seen clearly to be a sectarian bigot why such a short term. These scum need taught lessons.
San Francisco in San francisco wrote (379 days ago):
Why are these men only getting such short sentences? These thugs should be charged with attempted murder and that goes for the thugs on both sides.
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