August 2022

Schoolgirl sexually assaulted on bus

A Coleraine man who sexually assaulted a ‘very distressed’ schoolgirl on a bus has been handed a suspended prison sentence

Brian Doey, of Keely Gardens, appeared before an online sitting of Coleriane Magistrates on Thursday, August 18

The 51-year-old, who was convicted following a contested hearing, was being sentenced for molesting the 13-year-old girl on a bus as it travelled out of Coleraine on October 21 last year

Magistrates were told how Hoey had sat next to the girl, and started to talk to her – even though they were complete strangers

When he made comments, including ‘your beautiful’ and ‘I want to marry you’, the girl told him that she was only 13

He then stroked her face and molsted her thigh. The girltried to change seats but Doey blocked her until the bus stopped and she got off. 

The girl told her mother what had happened and was clearly ‘very distressed’ by the ordeal.

District Judge Peter King, said the custodial threshold had been crossed telling Doey that his young victim had in no way shape or formdeserved your attentions. 

He imposed a five month prison sentence, suspended for three years. A three year restraining order banning Doey from contacting the victim was also put in place, with the judge saying: “You, sir, have got very close to going straight into custody. Do not re-offend and stay away from this young girl”