A man who was freed from prison last Wednesday has been sent back to jail after he allegedly breached a Sexual Offences Prevention Order within 24 hours of his release.

Ian Kernohan, with an address at a probation hostel on Belfast’s Ormeau Road, is accused of breaching the order by contacting a “vulnerable” female.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told he allegedly went to an internet cafe and contacted the person via Facebook.

A judge remanded him into custody.



Ronald burnside….. Derry

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…..

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A JUDGE has refused to aapply reporting restrictions in the case of a Dungannon man accused of sexually assaulting two women, one of whom he is alleged to have raped. Appearing before Dungannon Magistrates Court was Odhran McCluskey (20) of Glebe Park, who is charged with four sexual offences two against each alleged victim on March 31 2012. A police officer told the court she believed she could connect McCluskey to all charges. Defence solicitor Aidan Quinn applied to have his client’s name and address withheld, claiming it would be detrimental to his health. But Deputy District Judge John Rice replied : ” That doesn’t apply in this case.” A prosecution layer said she knew of no reason why Mr McCluskey could not be named as he is not related to either alleged victim. Mr Quinn asked for interim reporting restrictions whilst he obtained additional evidence which may support his client. Judge Rice again rejected the application stating : “It won’t affect my decision on this case.” Mr McCluskey was remanded on £250 bail and ordered to have no contact with either victim. The case is due back in court next month.

With many thanks to : Irish News.


A FORMER SOLDIER who was discharged from the army after being injured in Afghanistan subjected a terrified women to a ” ghastly…. cruel and callous” sex attack in North Belfast.This was the fourth women Gerald Verner had physically and violently assaulted.

The judge said the 23 – year – old was a danger to women and jailed him for seven years. Judge Gemma Loughran told him his victims statement ” Is a chilling account of a ghastly experience, a very cruel and callous series of attacks by you “. She said it would be up to the parole board when and under what licence conditions he would be released under and added that he would serve an extra three years on that licence. Last month, just before his 20-year-old victim was due to take the stand Verner, from Forthriver Park in north Belfast, pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually assulated, falsely imprisoned, threatened to kill and caused actual bodily harm to the women on February 6th last year.

The court heard Friday 23rd March 2012 how he took the women prisoner in his Forthriver Park home and that during the terrifying ordeal, he sexually attacked her, threatened to kill her and punched and kicked her in the face. Verner suffered permanent hearing damage in a road side bomb in Afghanistan. In jailing Verner, Judge Loughran said he had ” violated her dignity ” and that it was a ” seriously aggravating factor ” that this was his fourth female victim, although she accepted it is Verner’s first sex crimes. She also imposed an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order barring Verner from ever contacting his victim or her family, living at any address without approval, changing his personal circumstances such as address, Job or car ownership wihout prior approval or from entering a new relationship without telling his designated risk manager.CONVICTED RAPEST

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