Woman back from UK to face harassment charge
IS BOUND TO THE PEACE FOR TWELVE MONTHS
A WOMAN accused of harassing the girlfriend of her former partner was brought to the District Court on Monday to deal with the matter. Sally Gladwin of The Laurels, Chapel Garden, Kilmore Quay was named on a warrant made out in September of last year when she failed to show up for a court hearing.
Judge William Hamill was informed that she had been in the UK since last August when she wrote to the court stating her intention to remain in England. In court this week, she said that she and her daughter had experienced a horrible time there.
She explained she was back in Ireland attempting to sell a mobile home at Kilmore Quay. In the mean time, she was staying there as it was rent free accommodation. She said the mobile had been on the market for four years and it remained unsold.
Facing up to the charge or harassing Sharon Doyle, she said she was afraid to request a solicitor for financial reasons. However, solicitor Siobhan Dunne agreed to have a word with her and, when the case was re-called, she was ready to represent the accused. The matter went ahead after the judge made it clear that he would require a substantial surety or cash bail before allowing any adjournment.
Ms Dunne said her new client worked as a voluntary horse riding instructor but her income was nil.
The mobile home which Ms. Gladwin owned jointly with her mother was worth €105,000 four years ago but was now reckoned to be worth half that amount.
The prosecution dated back to August 1, 2009 when injured party Sharon Doyle was parked in Drinagh at the wheel of boyfriend Paul Kelly's black Mercedes. Ms. Gladwin arrived driving a black BMW with a UK registration and proceeded to follow Ms. Doyle around Wexford town for what the sergeant described as 'a considerable period'.
The defendant tailed the other woman, he suggested, leaving Ms. Doyle very upset and concerned. Ms. Dunne noted that there had been incidents in the period from March 2009 up to the time of the events described by the sergeant. She felt that her client had felt intimidated by Paul Kelly.
There had been no recurrence of hostilities since, the court was told. Judge Hamill allowed the accused the benefit of the Probation Act, binding her to the peace for 12 months and advising her to stay away completely from Sharon Doyle. He allowed her the services of Ms. Dunne under the free legal aid scheme.