Jail term for former soldier who filmed ‘callous’ sex assault

Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast.
Royal Courts of Justice, Chichester Street, Belfast.

A 29-year old former soldier who carried out what a Crown Court judge described as a “callous, cynical and opportunistic” sexual assault on a woman who was passed out drunk on his sofa was yesterday handed a 30-month prison sentence.

Jonathan Falls filmed part of the incident on his friend’s mobile phone, leaving the victim so traumatised by what occurred that she has since emigrated.

Falls, from Rathmoyne House in the Seymour Hill area of Dunmurry, will spend 15 months of the sentence in custody and the remaining 15 months on licence upon his release from jail.

Passing sentence, Judge Gordon Kerr QC told Belfast Crown Court: “This was a serious sexual offence in which the defendent took advantage of a young woman who he knew was unable to resist, because of her condition.

“He assaulted her and took an intimate video of her.”

Crown prosecutor Rosemary Walsh told the court the incident occurred in the early hours of April 7, 2012 after a group of people including Falls and the woman had been drinking in his flat.

Falls subsequently pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Falls was placed on the sex offenders register for seven years and is also subject to a seven-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.