Victim of sexual assaults has prison sentence suspended

A 24-year-old west Donegal man who was the victim of sexual assaults has had his prison sentence for public order offences suspended on appeal.

A 24-year-old west Donegal man who was the victim of sexual assaults has had his prison sentence for public order offences suspended on appeal.

Derek Mulligan of Magheraclogher, Bunbeg had been convicted of public order offences arising from two separate incidents in Letetrkenny in 2009 and 2010. He had previously waived his right to anonymity after Michael ferry was convicted of sexually abusing him.

At the appeal at Letterkenny Circuit Court counsel for Mulligan, Peter Nolan BL, said his client had been the victim of concerted assaults of a sexual nature going back a long number of years.

Michael Ferry was convicted last July of raping and sexually assaulting four boys in Derrybeg between 1990 and 2005 and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Mr Nolan said the assaults were an appalling occurrence and his client and other parties were taking further legal action.

“Mr Mulligan is his own worst enemy and has been for a number of years but he has not come to attention of gardaí since these offences,” he said.

Mulligan had been convicted of breach of the peace at Upper Main Street, Letterkenny on December 8th 2009. He was also convicted of breach of the peace, intoxication in a public place, disorder, refusing to give his name and address to a garda and failure to comply with the directions of a garda at High Road Letterkenny April 8th, 2012.

Sgt Miles Davy told the court that to his knowledge Mulligan has not come to the attention of gardaí since the offences were committed.

Taking the stand, Mulligan said he wanted to apologise to for the incidents on the night. “My head was not in the right place,” he said. “I am finally getting back on track. I was a child stuck in a man’s body. I would appreciate a chance.”

Judge John O’Hagan suspended the four-month prison sentence.