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DJ pervert attacked family friend as she slept beside his wife

Lisburn man pulled down victim’s pants after party in house

A DJ tried to molest a family friend while she slept in the same bed as his wife.

Disgraced Terry Lavery’s shocking behaviour was revealed at Craigavon Crown Court when he narrowly avoided going to jail after pleading guilty to sexual assault.

But for the grace of his female victim, who said she had “no wish to see anyone go to prison”, the sex attacker would be spending the next 12 months behind bars.

Instead Judge Patrick Lynch suspended the sentence for three years and placed him on the sex offenders’ register.

A relieved Lavery walked from the court with his wife who has loyally stood by him despite the creepy attack on a family friend.

The Lisburn man sexually assaulted his victim after a late night party at his home on Lady Wallace Road in February 2014.

She fell asleep in a spare room which Lavery crept into early the next morning.

On two occasions he pulled down her tights and pants, touching her private parts.

Lavery’s victim then left the spare room and went to the room where his wife was sleeping.

Thinking she would be safe there she clambered into bed with her friend.

But Lavery followed after her and got into bed with the two women.

While his wife slept just inches away he put his arms around his victim and rubbed her hand.

It was then that the horrified woman got up, rang a taxi and left the house.

She told her mother the next day and in a series of texts to Lavery he admitted his guilt.

The following week she made a complaint to police and he was charged with sexual assault.

Sentencing shame-faced Lavery, Judge Lynch accused him of a “gross abuse of hospitality”.

He told him: “This young woman was entitled to feel safe in your home.

“That trust was grossly abused by you. She had her clothing removed and her private parts felt by you. I do allow that you are genuinely remorseful for what has occurred.

“But make no mistake about it you appear as a criminal before me.”

A defence lawyer said Lavery “deeply regrets” his sickening behaviour.

He explained how his client admitted wrongdoing immediately afterwards in a text to his victim, that read: “I am so sorry that I did that to you. I honestly do not remember a thing.”

The lawyer added: “He was apologising and apologetic

from the very day the incident happened.”

Following Lavery’s sex assault conviction  his career as a musician is in tatters.

He is the owner of a firm called Alternative Weddings NI and worked as a DJ at the after-show party when the MTV European Music Awards came to Belfast in 2011.


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