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Man who subjected woman to ‘horrific’ assault over sustained period of hours spared jail

A 32-year-old man has received an 18-month sentence suspended for two years and has been handed a three-year restraining order for a number of offences during a domestic assault at an address in Armagh last year.

Martin Callaghan, of Clady Road, Newtownhamilton was sentenced at Armagh Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday) for offences he committed between July 5, 2018 and June 2 last year, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and false imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Dave Hodge from PSNI’s Public Protection Branch said: “This was a horrific experience for the victim.

“She was subjected to a vicious assault, carried out by Callaghan over a sustained period of hours.

“Officers in PSNI Public Protection Branch are committed to robustly investigating all reports of domestic abuse.

“We can reassure victims we will seek to place offenders before the courts so they can be made amenable for their crimes.

“We have specially trained officers who will treat you with the utmost sensitivity and respect, and I want to take this opportunity to continue to encourage anyone who has experienced any form of domestic abuse to contact us on 101.”

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