Derry man jailed for five months for attempting to strangle woman
A 28-year-old man who admitted attempting to strangle a woman after she'd received a phone call from another man, was jailed for five months at the magistrate's court in Londonderry yesterday.
Jailing Gerard Quigley from Rosemount Gardens, District Judge Barney McElholm said he regretted that the maximum sentence he could impose in the case was six months, which he reduced by one month because of Quigley's guilty plea.
Mr McElholm also imposed a restraining order on Quigley for three years.
A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service said the complainant told police that when she went to bed in the early hours of January 1 of this year, Quigley followed her and rubbed her on the leg. She told Quigley she "was not in the mood" and he then threw a tantrum when she received a phone call from another man.
"He grabbed her by the throat. She said she couldn't breathe and had to struggle to free herself. She was later treated for bruising to the throat and for haemorrhages to her eyes," the prosecutor said.
The solicitor said after Quigley was arrested, he told police he was just trying to grab the victim's phone and held her down to do so.
Mr McElholm said he was fed up listening to such arrogance.
"One of the things about stranglers is they want to control everyone and everything about them. Women rarely strangle but men who strangle are very dangerous individuals," he said.