Jail for serial domestic abuser who left ex in state of terror
A remorseless domestic abuser has been jailed for a number of serious charges which left his victim psychologically damaged and "scraping at the bowels of hell".
Damien Peter Loughran (31), of Jubilee Park in Cookstown, was sentenced to four months after a campaign of harassment against his former partner, the mother of their two children.
Despite police obtaining transcripts of numerous threatening phone calls, the defendant steadfastly denied the charges when he appeared in the dock of Dungannon Magistrates Court.
The charges involved threats to kill, threats to damage property and harassment against the woman.
While the victim was required to give in-depth evidence during the hearing, Loughran opted not to take the stand.
The court heard the victim contacted police on April 10 and reported Loughran had phoned her and threatened to take their children from her house.
She disclosed that three days beforehand she had contacted Loughran and asked him to leave her alone.
He responded by contacting social services and claiming their children had been left with an inappropriate person.
This immediately triggered an investigation that found the report to be false.
The victim further disclosed Loughran had repeatedly made abusive calls and threatened to "bring a tractor into the house and kill her".
He was arrested and his mobile phone was seized and examined.
Meanwhile, police listened to a number of audio-recordings of conversations with his ex-partner. In one he stated: "Just remember what you are coming home to." In another he stated: "He'll be shot dead in the bed, beside you."
The victim is heard asking what is meant by this and Loughran replied: "Take it whatever way you want. It's a threat and you'll be shot dead too."
District Judge John Meehan offered Loughran to take the stand again. The defendant again refused, and was subsequently convicted on all counts.
The victim submitted a written statement to the court describing psychological damage caused at Loughran's hands as "scraping at the bowels of hell".
Passing sentence, Judge Meehan told the defendant it "was an open and shut case".
"Police had the transcript of a plethora of calls which no one could have regarded as anything but harassment," he said.
"Is there remorse for your actions? The answer is no."