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Man is jailed after he raped and urinated on his pregnant partner

By George Jackson

A man has been jailed for 12 years after he raped his heavily pregnant partner and urinated on her face.

Judge Philip Babington said the sexual and physical violence perpetrated by Joseph Martin Healy was some of the most terrible and concerning offending that the court had seen for a very long time.

Healy stood impassively in the dock of the Crown Court in Londonderry as Judge Babington outlined in at times graphic detail the eight charges Healy had admitted.

The 29-year-old subjected his partner to a prolonged period of sexual and physical abuse during which he raped and sexually assaulted her, urinated on her, choked her when she was eight months pregnant with their child, bit her and scraped her with a kitchen knife.

The abuser carried out the assaults on his partner of three years between February and September of 2013 in their home when she was aged 20.

The offences took place during her pregnancy and continued after she had given birth.

Judge Babington said the serious sexual assaults took place on three consecutive mornings after the victim was awoken by Healy urinating on her face.

Healy also subjected his partner to what she described to the police as "donkey kicking" by punching her to the head and body to heighten his sexual feelings during intercourse.

The woman reported the abuse to the police in September 2013 and the following month Healy was arrested and interviewed. He admitted the physical abuse to the police but denied the sexual offences.

One on occasion after abusing his partner, Healy assaulted her mother just 48 hours after he was released from residential care. He was jailed for 18 months for that offence in January last year.

Judge Babington said a victim impact report compiled by a consultant psychiatrist stated that the victim had suffered considerably on a psychological level and that her ongoing treatment and medication would continue for the foreseeable future.

Healy's trial date was fixed for last May but just before the trial was due to start he changed his not guilty pleas and admitted the offences.

"There was humiliating violence over and above the sexual offending," Judge Babington said.

"There is no doubt that this offending was all carried out during a time when the victim was, in effect, dictated to by the defendant. There is a not insignificant age gap of some five years which may well be very relevant. There has been a lasting impact on the victim and one can only hope that she and her child will have a good future", he added.

As well as jail, Healy was banned from any contact with his victim and he must not enter into any relationships with females without disclosing his offending. Upon his prison release Healy must allow the police access to his home at all times.

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