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Monday, September 20, 2021

Ballymena chef placed on sex offenders register
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A Ballymena chef who previously pleaded guilty to sexual assault at a house party in Ballymoney has been placed on the sex offenders register following a pre-sentence report.

The defendant – Oliver Patterson of Larne Road Ballymena – appeared at Coleraine Magistrates’ sitting in Ballymena on Friday (September 10), accompanied by his father and represented by Defence Barrister Mr Neil Moore for sentencing.

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The defendant had been observed placing his hand up the victim’s skirt in the early hours of the morning on July 4, 2020, before being asked to leave the house party in Ballymoney. Full details of the cases are here.

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The pre-sentencing report suggested that the defendant had a medium likelihood of general reoffending after Mr Moore revealed that approximately a month following this incident, the defendant was involved with an altercation in Belfast.

District Judge Peter King gave the defendant 80 hours of community service and placed him on probation for 12-months.

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In addition, the Judge also issued a harassment order not to contact the victim for two years, and the defendant was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for a total of 5 years.

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