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Pair jailed for 'sickening' assault on Galway man

By George Jackson

Three men, two of them brothers, have been sentenced after a brutal attack on a Galway man who was visiting Londonderry for the first time.

Terence Cassidy, admitted kicking and stamping on the head of Pauric McDonagh between 10 and 20 times during the assault in the Diamond in the city centre in the early hours of December 2, 2011.

When shown CCTV footage of his assault on his defenceless victim, Cassidy said the footage sickened him.

Cassidy (23), from the Methodist City Mission on Crawford Square, was jailed for four years at the Crown Court in Derry yesterday.

Leon Browne (21) also admitted stamping on Mr McDonagh's head and punching him on the face as he lay drunk on the ground. Leon Browne, from Hollymount Park in the Waterside, was jailed for 16 months.

His brother Kevin Browne (25), also from Hollymount Park, was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for three years.

Judge Philip Babington said their actions were sickening and chilling.

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