Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he could not believe the accused breached his bail.
“He cannot be here,” he said. “He told me he had a job and that would keep him on the straight and narrow, and he would keep away from his ex-partner.”
Garda David Barrett said Leslie Murphy had to be arrested last month for turning up outside the woman’s house again to harass her.
Murphy, with addresses at Nohoval, Co Cork, and Tubrid, Minane Bridge, Co Cork, was sentenced to four years in prison, with the last year suspended. He had previously pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to harassing Elaine Lovell and trespassing at her home at Kinsale, to commit the offence of assault causing harm.
Judge Ó Donnabháin considered remanding Murphy in custody last month but agreed to grant him bail when he was prevailed upon to release him to take up employment on the basis that it would be a steadying influence in Murphy’s life.
The offences in the present case occurred around May/June 2015. Murphy’s ex-partner called the gardaí because of threats by phonecall and text from Murphy claiming he was going to assault her and her partner.
Gda Barrett said there was one incident where Ms Lovell was leaning out a ground-floor window having a cigarette when Murphy arrived and pulled at her.
“He launched in the window after her. He caught her by the throat on the couch,” said Gda Barrett, adding that the relationship had broken down a number of years previously.
Gda Barrett said that all the injured party wanted was for Murphy to learn from his mistakes and stop harassing her and sending nasty, threatening texts.
Murphy was convicted of harassing another woman in 2013 and was put on a bond to keep the peace for three years at that time.
The probation report suggested Murphy underestimated his offending behaviour and lacked empathy.
Dermot Sheehan, defending, said what Murphy told him was completely different to what the probation officer had concluded: “He is a very pleasant man to speak to.”
Judge Ó Donnabháin said: “This man is a very pleasant man provided he is not outside your door shouting at you, denying the fundamental rights of your home.”