Ex-Scientologist warned to stay away from church

John McGhee outside the Circuit Civil Court. Picture: Collins

A former member of the Church of Scientology was warned by a judge yesterday that he would face serious consequences if he interfered with any member or did not stay away from the church or mission.

Embalmer John McGhee was given the warning by Judge James O’Donohoe in the Circuit Civil Court after being told by Frank Beatty, counsel for two church members, that Mr McGhee had breached an existing court injunction.

Mr McGhee, of Armstrong Grove, Clara, Co Offaly, told Mr Beatty that he had sent leading Scientology Church member Zabrina Collins a text “connected with the death of Jim Carrey’s girlfriend” in which he had stated: “Now you must see why your cult must be stopped.”

Mr McGhee, a father of two, and Peter Griffiths, of Cual Gara, Teeling St, Ballina, Co Mayo, have been sued by Zabrina Collins and fellow church member Michael O’Donnell for assault while they distributed anti-drugs literature in Capel St in December 2014.

Both men denied having assaulted Ms Collins, of The Boulevard, Mount Eustace, Tyrrelstown, Dublin, and Mr O’Donnell, a marketing consultant, of Cherrywood Lawn, Clondalkin, Dublin.

Judgment was reserved.


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