Thursday 27 October 2016

Ex-councillor made 40 hoax phone calls in six-hour period

Former councillor Killian Forde pleaded guilty to hoax calls Picture: Collins
Former councillor Killian Forde pleaded guilty to hoax calls Picture: Collins

A former Labour and Sinn Fein Dublin city councillor has admitted making 40 hoax telephone calls of "drunken gibberish".

Killian Forde (46) made all the phone calls in the middle of the night, between 12.30am and 6am.

A garda sergeant previously alleged the phone calls were mostly "drunken gibberish" but Forde also allegedly told a victim that "you'll be got".

Mr Forde was a councillor with Sinn Fein from 2004 to 2010, before switching to Labour.

He resigned his seat on Dublin City Council in 2011 after he took up a job assisting immigrants and refugees.

Back in April, Forde told a court he was unemployed and looking for work.

Judge Bridget Reilly said that what Forde had done was "effectively harassment" of an individual.

The judge ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to September, saying her concern was that it might happen again.

The defendant, with addresses at Carndonagh Park in Donaghmede and Sutton Park in Sutton, admitted to making 40 hoax telephone calls to another individual.


The calls were placed over a six-hour period to a house at Homelawn Drive in Tallaght on October 7, 2014.

Garda Stephen Neylon said he started an investigation after the victim complained about receiving a number of nuisance phone calls.

Gda Neylon said the male victim received 40 calls and voicemail messages from a mobile phone number which was registered to the defendant.

Gda Neylon said the phone calls were all made by the defendant between 12.30am and 6am on the night in question.

The court previously heard that the voice messages and phone calls were of a threatening and intimidating nature, and were along the lines of "you'll be got".

Sergeant Michael Ahern had also alleged a lot of the messages were "drunken gibberish".

Defence lawyer George Burns said he believed a probation report would assist the court prior to sentencing.

Mr Burns said the defendant was willing to co-operate with the probation services.

The lawyer said Forde accepted the court had concerns about his risk of re-offending.

Judge Reilly also said Forde should consider a sum of compensation for the victim.

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