A man who drugged and sexually assaulted a young woman after a party has been given his old job back at the hotel where the night started.
Pill-popping restaurant worker William Orr (51) was last year handed a five-year term for the attack, with two-and-a-half years to be spent in custody and the remainder on licence.
He has since been released, however, and is now back working at the Salty Dog in Bangor.
Owner Ken Sharp said his business was committed to working with ex-offenders and had not discussed the matter with Orr.
"We work with people based on their skill-sets and what they can bring to the business," he added.
"We believe in giving people second chances. We work a lot with charities and groups which look to rehabilitate ex-offenders or get people who have gone off the rails slightly back into work.
"We have always had a social element to our employment processes, so we believe that when somebody has done their time, they have done their time. They have received the punishment the court felt appropriate and they deserve a second chance."
While Mr Sharp admitted he had had to give up on ex-offenders "two or three times" in the past, he stressed the majority had worked out well and said Orr was "a good candidate" for rehabilitation.
"We have had people convicted of drug offences who have done well here and gone on to work in some of the top restaurants in Great Britain, so it is something we believe in," he said.
"Sometimes they let us down, sometimes they don't, but we'll do everything we can to work with them and try and give them the tools to get back into society the way they would like to be.
"Mr Orr is a good candidate for that. We don't take any opinion on the case. That's not our job - that was done and dusted in court.
"When he is here, he works hard and he's creative. He can work his way around problems and he's good at working with other team members and doing the job.
"We still had the role available. We had someone else filling it for a while when he wasn't available, but when he became available, the position happened to be open again, so we recruited him.
"We don't discuss it. We don't discuss these situations with anybody who comes from an ex-offender background. That's the role of the justice system.
"As long as they are doing the job and behaving to the standards we set, we are happy."
Orr and his victim were among several people who attended a night out at the Salty Dog in May 2016, later moving to the nearby Cafe Ceol and then onto Orr's house on Primrose Street.
A jury at Downpatrick Crown Court was told that he then began offering people yellow tablets, promising the three men and one woman in the house that the pills would "make you happy".
However, they all refused to take one, with the man responding, "Those will f*** you up".
Orr and his victim fell asleep separately on a sofa. When her friends got up to leave, they tried to waken the woman without success, after which Orr suggested they leave her.
She later awoke to find him behind her, "forcefully and roughly" sexually assaulting her with his hand. The woman then got up, ordered a taxi - paid for by Orr - and left the house without talking to the predator.
Later that day and "sobbing uncontrollably", she called a friend, who urged her to speak to someone and seek advice about what to do next.
A court was told during Orr's trial last year that she was horrified when she took a shower and a yellow tablet - later confirmed to be ecstasy - fell out of her privates. When she messaged Orr about it, he refused to identify the substance.
Prosecutors told the court: "The defendant at some point put the tablet in her body while she was asleep to stupefy her in order to carry out the assault.
"This was targeting a particularly vulnerable victim who was asleep.
"He was indifferent to her wellbeing in text messages between them (after the incident) and did not tell her what the substance was when she asked."
Orr denied charges of sexual assault by penetration and administering a substance with sexual intent but was convicted by a jury. He was also found guilty of possessing a class A drug.
Judge Martin Grant gave him a five-year sentence on the sex charges and an 18-month term, to run concurrently, on the drugs possession charge.