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Fury as ‘initiation’ four freed
The parents of a boy who was bound, gagged and attacked by colleagues at work are furious the men are free.
The four, from County Londonderry, had been sent to prison but their sentences were quashed on appeal.
During the attack, which was filmed on a mobile phone, the 15-year-old was gagged, tied to a chair, assaulted and one man exposed himself.
The victim’s father said his son was devastated: “He kept asking ‘why’ this had happened to him.”
“It’s totally destroyed him ever since, two years on, he’s still up in his room,” he added.
During the attack, the men tied the boy to a chair, repeatedly hit him and stuffed paper into his mouth, his father said this aspect was particularly traumatic.
“He panicked because of his asthma, he couldn’t breathe and thought he was going to die.”
Appeal court judges overturned the prison sentences imposed on Brian Murphy, 27, and Ronald Burnside, 26, over the assault at a Derry garage in the summer of 2006.
The pair challenged the jail terms a day after their two co-accused, garage boss, Patrick Deery, 39, and Jason Ferguson, 21, won appeals against their prison sentences.
The Lord Chief Justice described the behaviour of the four men as “despicable”, but ruled alternative punishments could be handed down because of their previous good records.
Mr Burnside had been jailed for nine months for false imprisonment and two counts of indecent exposure.
Instead he was given 150 hours of community service, two years’ probation and will have to sign the sex offenders’ register.
Mr Burnside had his original three-month jail sentence for common assault suspended for two years.
The trial judge said the victim was at a vulnerable stage of adolescence when such an incident could have a “calamitous effect” on his emotional well-being.
The judge added that the behaviour of Ronald Burnside in particular was distressing to the victim.
“Not only did he expose his private parts, he brought these into contact with the complainant on two separate occasions.”
“There’s nothing remotely funny or humorous about his behaviour.”Please like and share to show the victims of sex crimes we care.. Please comment with a heart to show the survivors of sex crimes we respect them…..
Posted on behalf of : Joe Mccloskey
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