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West Belfast man convicted of sexually assaulting female hospital worker jailed again after contacting her

By Alan Erwin

Published 18/09/2015

A west Belfast man convicted of sexually assaulting a female hospital worker has been jailed again for flouting a ban on contacting her.

Sean McGettigan was ordered to serve five months in prison after breaching the restraining order imposed on him.

The 31-year-old, of Lenadoon Avenue in the city, had been prohibited from going near the victim at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The no-go zone was imposed following previous convictions for a sexual assault and threat to kill made against the same woman.

McGettigan was arrested again following an incident at the hospital on May 21.

He was there trying to make contact with the woman without any effort to receive medical treatment, according to the charge against him.

In 2013 McGettigan received a three-month jail sentence for an attack on her carried out the previous October.

At that stage he was also placed on the sex offenders register for seven years.

In 2014 he was convicted again for making a threat to kill the same hospital worker.

At Belfast Magistrates' Court today he was imprisoned once more for breaching the restraining order.

As well as handing down the jail term District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered him to pay a £25 offender levy, the Courts Service confirmed.

She refused an application for bail pending a planned appeal against the sentence.

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