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Co Tyrone man who sexually abused two teenagers after concert jailed for six months

Stefan Hoey (25) of Marian Ave in Dungannon was jailed for six months

A CO Tyrone man who sexually abused two teenagers after a concert has been jailed for six months.

Judge Neil Rafftery QC told Stefan Hoey (25) of Marian Ave in Dungannon that despite his guilty pleas, remorse and personal circumstances, he could could not suspend his sentence.

The Belfast Crown Court judge said the clear message must go out that deterrent and immediate custodial sentences will be imposed on those assaulting young women who were entitled to the protection of the law.

In written submissions from prosecution counsel Michael Chambers and Luke Curran for the defence, it was said while his sexual assaults were persistent despite the protests of his victims, Hoey, once sober, was appalled by what he had done.

Judge Rafferty said the teenagers had been at a concert in Belfast's Customs House Square on August 10, 2019 when a drunken Hoey, unknown to them, approached the 17-year-olds and their friends "pestering them for a kiss".

He followed one of the girls, who in the mistaken belief it would "placate Hoey allowed him to peck her on the lips".

But Hoey went on to sexually abuse the teenager on several occasions before her friends arrived and attempted to intervene.

Hoey then sexually assaulted another teenager before being arrested.

Judge Raffery added what was worrying was Hoey putting his offending "down to alcohol", although remorseful and said he had no recollection of events.

Hoey, who pleaded guilty to a total of five charges of sexual assault,was ordered to report to court to begin his sentence.

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