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Jail for Belfast thug who was part of burglary gang that stabbed woman

By John Cassidy

A Belfast man has been jailed for 18 months for his role in a "degrading and disgusting'' burglary during which a woman was stabbed.

Jonathan Christopher Patrick Markey (22), formerly of Glengoland Avenue, Dunmurry, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to a catalogue of offences.

He admitted stealing a Toyota Avensis car on August 18, 2011, dangerous driving on the Lenadoon Road, causing criminal damage to the car, driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol, having no insurance and failing to report an accident.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Markey also pleaded guilty to further offences which were committed on September 1, 2012, including burglary, wounding, theft, aggravated vehicle taking and causing damage to a car.

Prosecution barrister Simon Jenkins told the court that at around 5am on September 1, a female householder was in bed with her girlfriend when she was woken to find intruders in the bedroom of her flat at Ladybrook Close in west Belfast.

"She asked them what they were doing and one of the men told her to 'shut the f*** up, stay where you are or we will kill you'," he said.

"They claimed they were from the LVF and had been watching the house and demanded drugs.''

Deputy Belfast Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC was told that the woman was struck with a table leg and that the intruders refused to let her get dressed during her ordeal.

The attacker also stabbed her in the left leg with a pen knife.

Mr Jenkins said the burglars stole £500, an iPhone, 32-inch flat screen TV, a passport and keys to a Renault Clio car.

"She was asked to carry the television downstairs but she was unable to.''

The prosecution lawyer said the burglars were unable to start the car as it needed a key code. The victim's girlfriend was forced to go downstairs with the key code and it was at this point a third male, the defendant, was sitting in the back of the car.

Around 10 minutes later the Renault car was found burned out and neighbours reported seeing three males running away from the vehicle.

"Three males were apprehended by police a short distance from the car. When asked by police what they were doing, Markey replied: "Me and Mickey were just sitting here having a few beers.'' Markey was arrested and taken to Grosvenor Road police station for questioning.

"Police noticed that he was trying to conceal something and it turned out to be a key. It was found to be the front door key to the burgled dwelling.''

Judge Philpott QC was told that the householder suffered two stab wounds to her thigh, bruising to her left arm, thigh and buttock.

A defence barrister said Markey was now at a "crossroads in his life'' and said his offending was linked to his "consumption of alcohol and taking both legal and illegal drugs''.

Judge Philpott QC sentenced Markey to three years in custody for wounding, with 18 months to be spent in custody and a further 18 months on licence following his release.

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