Former Causeway Coast & Glens councillor, Ian Stevenson, has lost his appeal against a sexual assault charge.
Mr Stevenson, a former Mayor of Ballymoney, was found guilty of sexual assault and sentenced to 220 hours community service with 5 years on the sex offenders register last year.
Stevenson, who maintained his innocence, appealed his sentence relating to his previous employment as a nurse in a care home where he was accused of ‘deliberately squeezing’ a former colleagues breast.
The appeal was finally heard this morning (Friday 6th September) at 9.30am before the County Court.
The ruling was that;
‘Upon the hearing of the said appeal the County Court ordered that the Appeal be dismissed and that the conviction and sentence be affirmed.’
Mr Stevenson original charge and sentencing therefore still stands and he will have to begin 220 hours unpaid work as part of community service over the next 12 months and sign the sex offenders register for a period of 5 years.
We have asked Mr Stevenson and Ballymoney DUP for comment, but as of yet received no reply.