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Three more years in jail for cowardly thug who battered and abused his partner in a brutal campaign of violence

By Eamonn MacDermott

A man who subjected his partner to a campaign of sexual and physical abuse has been jailed for three years.

Greg Deyzel Logue, of Duddys Court, Londonderry, pleaded guilty to eight charges of indecent assault and six charges of common assault between January 2008 and February 2011.

The 34-year-old is currently serving a seven-year sentence for assaulting the same woman, and the three-year sentence will run consecutively to this.

His victim, Terri-Louise Graham, waived her right to anonymity so that Logue could be publicly named.

Derry Crown Court heard the details of the campaign of sexual and physical abuse.

Over the three-year period Logue bit her on the nose and face, slapped and punched her repeatedly.

He also assaulted her as she held her 18-month-old child, and recklessly hit the child.

The court was told Logue sexually assaulted Ms Graham in her home and in a hotel, and on occasions in public.

It was also revealed there was a "background of intimidation", and Ms Graham was in fear of the 34-year-old.

She was told by Logue a number of times that the abuse was to stay within the family.

The court heard that Logue had been assessed as posing a significant risk of harm, particularly in the context of a relationship.

Ms Graham has sustained "significant harm" as a result of the abuse and is still suffering from the effects of post traumatic stress disorder, and remains "fearful" in her own home.

Defence counsel Brian McCartney QC said there were underlying factors to the violence, including jealousy, possessiveness, domestic arguments and issues with drugs and alcohol.

However, the barrister said Logue "should never have lifted his hand to this girl".

Mr McCartney revealed to the court Logue now has the status of an enhanced prisoner, and is a counsellor to new inmates.

Passing sentence, Judge Steven Fowler said that the relationship between Logue and Ms Graham was marked by alcohol abuse and domestic violence, something which is "sadly all too common in this jurisdiction".

He said the campaign of sexual abuse the injured party was subjected to was "facilitated by physical abuse".

The judge added that there was a "gross breach of trust" in the case as "people in a relationship should be able to trust one another and feel safe".

Judge Fowler imposed a three-year sentence, which will run consecutively to the seven-year sentence Logue is already serving.

Logue will also be subject to a sexual offences prevention order for seven years.

And he must sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

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