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Knife-wielding burglar is jailed for four years

A 26-year-old Londonderry man who burgled a woman’s home and set fire to her bedroom has been jailed at the city’s Crown Court.

Joseph Patrick McDermott, of Rosskeen in Derry, admitted six charges including aggravated burglary and arson on July 1 last year.

The court was told that a young woman was asleep in the bedroom of her flat and awoke to find McDermott there carrying a knife.

He asked for an individual by name and told the woman he would “cut her to pieces” if she had anything to do with this person.

He then threw a dress to her and told her to get dressed.

The woman noticed the smell of smoke and noticed that McDermott had set fire to clothes on a chair and on a clothes horse.

McDermott was sentenced to four years in prison of which he must serve a minimum of two in custody, and had an extended licence period of two years added on.

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