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He should have got longer in jail, says mum as man caged for threat to rape her girl of 2

A woman Says she felt
A woman Says she felt "sick and petrified" when a man exposed his genitals to her and her two-year-old daughter and then threatened to rape the child
Leona O'Neill

By Leona O'Neill

A woman Says she felt "sick and petrified" when a man exposed his genitals to her and her two-year-old daughter and then threatened to rape the child.

Strabane mother-of-two Tyler McCrossan (22) was speaking after Jordan Stewart was sentenced at the town's Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 25-year-old was handed 10 months in prison for a string of offences.

On October 26 last year Stewart, who had 28 previous convictions, arrived at Ms McCrossan's home in the town's Ballycolman estate.

As well as exposing himself and threatening to sexually assault the child, Stewart tried to gain access to the home and attempted to assault Ms McCrossan and her partner.

At the time he was in breach of a suspended sentence.

"My partner and I were in our flat with my two-year-old daughter," she said.

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"My partner had gone down to the car for Calpol for her as she wasn't feeling well and I heard the door going.

"I went down the stairs with my daughter in my arms and opened the door and Jordan and another person was there. Jordan was intoxicated.

"I told him to go away from the door and he pulled his trousers down.

"He exposed himself to my daughter and said that if I didn't shut up he was going to rape my daughter.

"I ran up the stairs with my daughter and he came up behind me. I left the baby in with my partner and ran back out to close the door to make sure he wouldn't get into the flat.

"Jordan was there and he hit me a number of times. My partner had left the baby in her bed and came out and moved Jordan down the stairs and at the bottom of the stairs Jordan shouted again that he was going to rape my daughter. My partner pushed him out the door and we phoned the police."

Ms McCrossan said that despite the girl being just two at the time of the incident, she was badly affected by what had happened.

"It was traumatic for my child, definitely," she said.

"That man exposed his genitals to her. That is not something for a two-year-old to see, that is not something for anyone to see.

"The baby knew that there was something terrible going on, that there was shouting and roaring and that she was left in the room on her own with all this noise happening.

"She was screaming and in hysterics. Trying to calm her down was awful.

"She should never have seen what she saw.

"I'm just grateful that my partner Mark was there because things could have been a lot worse.

"It makes me sick thinking about it. He deserves to serve every second of that jail time. I think he should have got longer."

Despite the conviction, Stewart has since appealed his sentencing with a further hearing to take place in September.

"I felt sick and petrified after the incident," she said.

"Jordan is a repeat offender. He's a danger to himself and to children.

"If he could say that about children, God knows what he would do."

The court also heard that Stewart is to become a father for the first time shortly.

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