Man is jailed for 15mths over at­tack on rel­a­tive

Sex abuse vic­tim suf­fers PTSD

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEIGH MCDON­ALD MAU­RICE FITZ­MAU­RICE

A WOMAN suf­fered post trau­matic stress dis­or­der after be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted by a rel­a­tive al­most 30 years ago.

The vic­tim, 43, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, was sex­u­ally as­saulted by David Magee from West Belfast in 1989 and 1991.

He was jailed for 15 months at Belfast Crown Court yes­ter­day for the in­de­cent as­sault.

The judge said his ac­tions had a “marked im­pact” on his vic­tim, now a mum of two.

She was 15 when she was first abused by Magee, who was then 30, the court was told.

As Magee was be­ing led from the dock in hand­cuffs, he nod­ded to his fam­ily as they sat in the pub­lic gallery.

Ear­lier this year the 59-year-old, from Gran­sha Drive, stood trial on 10 sex­ual of­fences. He was ac­quit­ted of eight charges, and found guilty of two.

Pass­ing sen­tence Judge Geoffrey Miller QC said Magee main­tained a “ro­bust de­nial” of the abuse de­spite the jury’s ver­dict. Judge Miller also re­vealed Magee was plan­ning to ap­peal.

He was found guilty of in­de­cently as­sault­ing the girl in his Gran­sha Drive home on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions be­tween Novem­ber 1989 and again April 1991. On both oc­ca­sions, the abuse in­cluded him touch­ing her breasts. Speak­ing to the Daily Mir­ror, the vic­tim said she was “re­lieved it is all over”.

But she added: “I still need coun­selling as I was di­ag­nosed with PTSD by a coun­sel­lor ap­pointed by the court. I held all this in for so long, I bot­tled it up, that it’s ob­vi­ously had an ef­fect on me.

“But when all the Jimmy Sav­ile stuff came out I had to tell peo­ple. But even now I’m still hav­ing flash­backs.”

The woman, who had a heart at­tack aged just 39, also urged other vic­tims of abuse to come for­ward, adding: “It’s never too late.”

As well as be­ing handed a 15-month sen­tence, Magee will be placed on the Sex Of­fend­ers Reg­is­ter for the next 10 years.

OUT­SIDE COURT YES­TER­DAY

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