05 Oct 2022

Former apprentice solicitor from Derry jailed for series of domestic abuse offences

A former apprentice solicitor from Derry has been given a four year jail sentence after being convicted of a series of domestic abuse offences. Kevin McDaid (32) will serve two years in prison and the remaining two years on licence. He has also been handed down a five year restraining order. The defendant pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, making threats to kill, seven counts of common assault, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (AOABH) and three of criminal damage in connection with incidents in 2017 involving his then partner. McDaid also entered a guilty plea to another count of AOABH in relation to an assault on another person and was sentenced to  nine months imprisonment to run concurrently. Following the sentencing of McDaid, Detective Sergeant Colin Neill said: “Domestic abuse is a terrifying crime which has a long lasting impact on survivors. It takes a lot of strength and fortitude to come forward and make a complaint, and to see that complaint through the criminal justice system. "Perpetrators should be aware that there are penalties and consequences for abusive actions within relationships including being locked up behind bars. I hope anyone who is currently suffering is assured that they can come forward and speak to us and that detectives in PSNI’s Public Protection Branch will treat you with sensitivity and respect.”

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