Man is jailed for 15mths over attack on relative
Sex abuse victim suffers PTSD
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