Belfast Telegraph

Paroled hammer attacker back in jail

A convicted would-be killer who left his sleeping victim with brain damage after a hammer attack has been jailed for six months for breaching probation.

Gerard Michael Donegan (30) was jailed for 15 years in February 2005, to be followed by 18 months on probation, for the attempted murder of south Belfast man Maurice McCracken.

In March 2003 Mr McCracken and his wife were asleep in their Strangford Avenue home when they were subjected to "rampageous attacks" by Donegan and brother Kevin Barry Moyna (26).

Donegan, from Ross Road in west Belfast, served just seven-and-a-half years, but was rearrested earlier this year after he was allegedly involved in a cash-in-transit robbery last April.

He was released on High Court bail but was rearrested on suspicion of further offences, including attempted hijacking, possessing a weapon and causing actual bodily harm, allegedly committed on August 6 and 7.

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