Two brothers have been sentenced for their part in an incident in Lurgan last year during which a 22 year old woman was subjected to sectarian abuse in her home.

35 year old Adrian Douglas was given 10 months in prison with a further 10 month on licence, whilst Alister Douglas (38), was given a 12 month suspended sentence. Both had previously pleaded guilty to intimidation, and aiding and abetting intimidation, respectively.

The pair were captured on a doorbell camera attempting to force entry to the Ashleigh Crescent property on 30 April last year, and could be heard shouting sectarian slurs.

Chief Inspector Brendan Green, of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Policing District, said: "It is heartening to see that a custodial sentence has been passed in the case and I hope it sends a clear message to anyone who believes sectarianism or intimidation in any capacity is ok.

From the outset this attack was viewed as a sectarian hate crime and was treated with the utmost seriousness. We believe everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and we will continue to make every effort to ensure that this happens, prevent future incidents, and to hold offenders accountable before the courts.

I commend the victim for her bravery and tenacity in seeing her case through the criminal justice system and I hope today’s outcome offers her some degree of closure on what has undoubtedly been a difficult and challenging time.”