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Ex-PSNI trainee convicted of groping female colleague

A former trainee police officer convicted of groping a female colleague was yesterday ordered to carry out 200 hours community service.

Jonathan McNally (24) was found guilty of indecent assault by groping the woman's breast during a handcuffing and restraining procedure at the Garnerville academy in Belfast.

The victim also claimed he sprayed water over her face and made salacious remarks as a CS spray simulation was carried out.

Sentencing him at Belfast Magistrates Court, District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “The sad thing about this is, having heard the facts of this case and listened intently to what was said, I don't think, unfortunately, you were the sole player in this particular game.”

McNally, whose address was given as PSNI Garnerville, denied the charge of indecently assaulting the woman at the base in October 2008.

During evidence she claimed he repeatedly called her a “minx” and made suggestive remarks when they were paired during the personal safety assessment.

She told the court: “I was disgusted, my body being totally violated.”

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McNally claimed the method used during the restraining procedure was because the woman was heavier than him and it would have been impossible to use the technique taught.

He denied any sexual innuendos, and said he only made a laughing reference to her mouth being white and frothy during the spray procedure.

Judge Kelly warned McNally that if he failed to co-operate with the order it would be replaced with custody.


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