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11-year sentence for man who brutally assaulted woman with a claw hammer

Victim has been left with the need to use a colostomy bag and unable to conceive.

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THE PSNI HAS welcomed a sentence handed down to a man convicted of assaulting a woman with a claw hammer.

Aaron Hyland (22) from Belfast, received an 11-year jail sentence at a Derry courthouse today following the 2014 attack.

Speaking after the hearing, Detective Inspector Lynne Knox of the public prosecution branch said, “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to the lady in this case who has shown great strength and dignity throughout the investigation which has led to Aaron Hyland being jailed for this despicable crime.”

During the horrific ordeal, Hyland assaulted the victim with the handle of a claw hammer leaving her unable to conceive and in need of a colostomy bag.

According to the Derry Journal, she was taken to hospital in serious condition. She sustained injuries to her private parts and to part of her bowel.

The damaged part of the bowel had to be removed during surgery and was replaced with a colostomy bag.

Knox went on to say, “The Police Service of Northern Ireland take these cases extremely seriously and our officers are fully committed to finding and prosecuting those who commit such offences. We have dedicated officers across Northern Ireland to ensure that all such crimes are investigated, as well as providing support and information to victims about police procedures and legal proceedings.

“No one should have to endure such an appalling attack and I want to encourage all victims of any abuse or violence to come forward and report the matter to the police. Speak out to stop it.”

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