Man jailed for harassing teacher

A man who harassed a teacher for four years by following her, sneering and laughing at her and even buying a house with a bird’s eye view of hers was jailed for five years today with the last three years suspended.

A man who harassed a teacher for four years by following her, sneering and laughing at her and even buying a house with a bird’s eye view of hers was jailed for five years today with the last three years suspended.

Seamus Quirke, (aged 44), of 71 Glencullen, Duntahane Road, Fermoy, Co Cork, and originally of Inchinleamy, Ballyduff, Co Waterford, never apologised or showed any remorse whatsoever to the injured party, Judge Patrick J. Moran said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The judge said that for Grainne Barry to obtain justice and peace of mind she had to spend three difficult days in the witness box and put personal information into the public domain.

Judge Moran said that during four years of harassment gardaí had approached Quirke on four occasions between October 2005 and and February 2008 telling him to stay away from her and that he did not heed the warnings until he was prosecuted last year.

Detective Inspector Brian Goulding said, “These events have had a devastating effect on the health and well-being of the injured party, it has destroyed her quality of life.

“She is presently trying to rebuild her life. Her big fear is for the future. As she tries to rebuild life her fear is that this harassment will start again.”

Judge Moran suspended the last three years of the five-year sentence on condition that the defendant would not go within a mile of Ms Barry.

Defence barrister, Seamus Roche, said that following the conviction of Quirke for harassment in July he was fired from his job.

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