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Sunday 11 December 2016

First Dates' Daphney in court charged with harassing chef Dylan

Daphney Sanasie
Daphney Sanasie

RTE First Dates star Daphney Sanasie, who is accused of harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath, has been given four weeks to decide how she will plead.

The 26-year-old model is accused of harassing Mr McGrath (39) at various locations in the State from last September 9 until November 21.

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She has not yet entered a plea, and was ordered to appear again at Dublin District Court on June 24 to allow her time to brief her lawyers.

She first appeared at a late sitting of the court last April 15 when evidence of her arrest was given by Gda Colm Kelly of the Bridewell station.

At that hearing, the court had heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the case, meaning it will stay in the district court and not go forward to the circuit court which has tougher sentencing powers.

The offence, at district court level, can result in a fine and a maximum 12-month sentence.

Gda Kelly has complied with an order to provide disclosure of the prosecution evidence. However, Judge Cormac Dunne was told yesterday that Ms Sanasie - who has an address at Jamestown Road, Dublin 8 - has recently changed legal firm.

Her barrister, Gareth Robinson, told the court he needed time "for disclosure and instructions to be taken".

Wearing a white trouser suit and black high heels, the model spoke once, saying "Hi" when the judge greeted her.

The South African model was known as Federica Sanasie when she appeared on matchmaking TV series First Dates earlier this year.

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McGrath, one of Ireland's best-known chefs, was a proprietor of Mint in Ranelagh, which was awarded a Michelin star, before opening the Rustic Stone Restaurant on South Great George's Street in Dublin city centre.

He later became a judge on the Irish version of MasterChef, which went on to be a massive hit.

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