IN THE first case of its kind in East Limerick, Limerick County Council secured a court order to bar a man from a housing estate.
The local authority sought an exclusion order against Christopher Mulready, aged 27, from Oakley Lawn, Caherconlish.
Mulready was directed by Judge Mary Larkin from entering the estate and “prohibiting you from entering or being in the vicinity of that house or any other house [in the estate]” for three years.
Exclusion orders can be sought by the county council following anti-social behaviour and intimidation.
Kilmallock court heard that Mulready is not a council tenant but is related to a tenant holder.
Will Leahy, solicitor for Limerick County Council, asked a housing official if Mr Mulready was in custody in recent times?
“Yes, he was released a few months ago and came back into the estate,” said the housing official.
“Following a thorough investigation the respondent is involved in anti-social behaviour,” added the official.
Mr Leahy said they couldn’t go into much detail for fear of identifying complainants but asked the official to give a broad outline. “A lot of information was provided to us in strictest confidence,” said the housing official.
He said that following an incident in the estate in early October the occupants of one house surrendered their council tenancy due to intimidation.
Mr Leahy asked the housing employee to outline the seriousness of the decision to give up their council house and move into private accommodation.
“They have ruled themselves out of future housing grants and have moved into the private sector,” said the official.
“Thus voluntarily making themselves homeless?” asked Mr Leahy.
“Yes,” replied the official, On October 15 we were contacted by parties saying the intimidation was continuing,” he said.
After they had canvassed a number of people in the area, Mr Leahy asked the official to sum up the situation in the estate.
“It was quite peaceful up to a number of months ago when the respondent was released from prison. He is responsible for intimidation and harassment,” said the housing official.
Mr Mulready was not present in court.
On behalf of Limerick County Council, Mr Leahy applied for an exclusion order against Mr Mulready from Oakley Lawn estate in Caherconlish for three years.
Judge Mary Larkin granted the order.
Separately, Mulready appeared before Limerick Circuit Court this week after probation officer Helena O’Donnell sought to have a suspended prison sentence activated.
He received a five year prison sentence in February 2009 with the final two years suspended for his role in an aggravated burglary in Effin.
However, Ms O’Donnell said Mulready had failed to attend eleven appointments since his release in August 2011 and she said he was not co-operating with the Probation Service.
Mulready told the court said his head “was all over the place” at the time and he said he is now living in his own home in the Old Pallas area.
“I don’t want to be wasting your time, I will cooperate,” he told Judge Carroll Moran, who adjourned the application until February..