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Man jailed for rape of partner
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A young Tyrone man who raped the mother of his twin sons was jailed for seven years on Friday.

Dungannon Crown Court heard 22-year-old Jonathan Breydin battered his partner with a toy cookie jar, forced her to strip at knife-point, then raped her.

Judge David McFarland told Breydin from Derg View, in Castlederghe raped her "in the most violent manner".

Breydin's former partner waived her right to total anonymity so that he could be named.

A defence lawyer said the rape was a "tragic and unforseen attack" by Breydin who wished to apologise for the hurt, harm and sorrow he had caused.

It was, he added, "totally out of character" and committed while Breydin was drunk on brandy - a drink he was not used to.

Earlier prosecution lawyer Robin Steer said that Breydin hit his partner over the head with the cookie jar.

The lawyer said the woman, blood flowing freely from the head wound, looked up to see Breydin standing over her "brandishing a large butcher's knife", which he later broke while stabbing it into the sofa.

He said Breydin, who maintained the sex was consensual, then raped her while holding the knife to her throat.

She finially escaped after promising to return later with their two young sons, who were being looked after by her mother.

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