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23/09/2021

Two men sentenced to a total of 22 years in jail at Derry court for 'merciless beating' during which a bat, knife and iron bar were used to inflict wounds victim

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Two men have been jailed for lengthy periods at Derry Crown Court after what a judge described as a 'terrible merciless beating'. Kenneth Robert Ferguson (30) of Leafair Gardens in Derry was jailed for 12 years while Sean Johnston (35) whose address was given as Flora Gardens in London was given a ten year sentence. Both men were convicted of maliciously wounding a man with intent to do him grievous bodily harm on July 21, 2016 during an incident at a house in Strathfoyle. Both men had denied the offences but had been found guilty by a jury. The court head 'various weapons were used in the attack' including a tow bar, a bat and a knife. At one stage during the attack and used the knife to cut the man around the head and arms. Ferguson has 35 previous convictions while Johnston has 29. Judge Philip Babington imposed a 12 year sentence on Ferguson and 10 years on Johnston how shouted 'Yeehaw' when the sentence was passed. There were audible gasps from the public gallery also when the sentences were imposed. Both men will be subject to a Violent Offences Prevention Order imposing a raft of conditions on them for a period of five years.

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