Judge dismisses barring order case of estranged husband

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Judge Aeneas  McCarthy dismissed the case at a District Court sitting
AN estranged husband has been acquitted of breaching a barring order after it was alleged that he was “harassing” his wife by making several phone calls to her home and workplace.

AN estranged husband has been acquitted of breaching a barring order after it was alleged that he was “harassing” his wife by making several phone calls to her home and workplace.

The woman, who works in a fast food outlet in Limerick, said there were instances when she felt her “now ex-husband” was in breach of a barring order, which was issued by the District Court in October 2014.

She told the Limerick District Court that the first incident occurred when she was driving her two children home from school, and saw the defendant close to the family house in the city. She said that her son first spotted his father’s vehicle.

She stated that there was one particular incident when the man phoned her restaurant several times, ringing two different direct lines when she would refuse to speak to him. She said when he rang, he was speaking in “childish words” that she could not understand.

She added that there was another occasion when he phoned her mobile phone several times while she was at home. She told the judge that she was “frightened and afraid of him”.

Solicitor Andrew D’Arcy said an e-mail had been sent to the woman, requesting that the defendant be allowed to collect his belongings from the home in Limerick. “So, it’s not a huge surprise that you saw him that day, was it?” Mr D’Arcy put to the witness.

When asked about the “gobbledygook” language his estranged wife had been complaining about, the man said it was a language they had created while they were a couple, calling it “codewords of a loving husband and wife”.

In relation to the several phone calls to her workplace, he explained that he was trying to “warn her” about a “possible exposure to risk” to their children, as he had just watched a crime report by Paul Reynolds on the RTÉ TV news about burglars breaking into the homes of restaurant-owning families. He said he feared for his children’s safety. He also explained the calls made to her mobile phone were in relation to him setting up a website for the restaurant, as “a favour” for her giving him €75 to allow him to carry out IT work that would secure him an internship.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy said he was not satisfied with the evidence and dismissed the case.