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Sex attack man jailed for 5 years.

Byline: JOE ROBERTS

A MAN who sexually assaulted a woman while she was sleeping and cut her throat with a bottle has been jailed for five years.

Gerard Lombard, 44, of Ashbourne village, Co Waterford, pleaded guilty to sexual and physical assault at the woman's flat in central Dublin in January 1999.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said the offence merited more than the five year sentence he had imposed.

But he was required by law, the judge said, to take certain factors into account such as Lombard's guilty plea and the information he had supplied to Gardai.

Det Insp John Mac Mahon said Lombard had attacked the victim with a bottle and narrowly missed her jugular vein.

Instead it left a deep cut in her neck that went as deep as her spinal chord.

He also left a six inch cut to her head and she required two immediate surgeries to save her life.

The court heard that the woman was kept in the hospital for eight days and still suffers from effects of the neck injury.

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Date:Jul 20, 2002
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