Pensioner faces trial for alleged harassment

A 68-year-old man appeared in court yesterday accused of phoning a woman 150 times and leaving voicemails in which he allegedly threatened to kill her.

Pensioner faces trial for alleged harassment

Sergeant Tom McCarthy charged Tom Murray, of 10A Wellington Rd, Cork, with a number of additional charges yesterday, including counts of assaulting the woman and her present partner, assaulting Garda Agnieszka Pizlo, and four counts of engaging in threatening behaviour.

He was also charged with harassment of the woman, with whom he had previously been in a relationship, on various dates between September 1 and December 7 last year.

Murray was previously charged with 19 counts of harassment by phone. He was before Cork District Court yesterday on those charges and the new counts, which also related to alleged incidents around that time, up to and including Christmas Day.

Inspector Mary King said the DPP had directed that the harassment charges could be dealt with at Cork District Court rather than by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Tim Lucey asked for an outline of the allegations in relation to the harassment.

Sgt. McCarthy said, “It is alleged that between September and December 7, 2015, the defendant made 150 phone calls to the injured party. They were abusive and threatening in nature. He also allegedly followed her in town and tried to talk to her. He was also allegedly seen across from her home.

“It is alleged he left voicemail where he threatened to kill her and threatened to kill her partner. He was abusive and threatened to get her, that he would, to use his own words, blast them out. She is fearful for her life at this stage.”

Judge Lucey said he would accept jurisdiction to have it dealt with at Cork District Court.

While there has been no plea to any charges yet, defence solicitor Michael Joyce yesterday repeated that the accused had apologised to the complainant.

Murray was remanded on bail to appear in Cork District Court again in four weeks.

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