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Monday 11 December 2017

Besotted teen sent 2,000 mails to doctor

A TEENAGER accused of harassing a psychologist and sending her nearly 2,000 emails over a six-week period has been told to stay away from her, and not to contact her by phone, text, email or letter.

A court heard claims by gardai that Alison O'Neill (18) had the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire "in disarray".

O'Neill, of Oakfield, Clonlara, Co Clare, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with harassment, as well as a number of public order and criminal damage matters.

Detective Sergeant Colm O'Giollain told the court he arrested the accused at the National Rehabilitation Hospital on Rochestown Avenue on March 22 on public order charges.

In relation to bail, Det Sgt O'Giollain said: "I am not sure she is suitable for custody."

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy applied for bail.

Outlining the allegation, Det Sgt O'Giollain claimed that O'Neill had been referred to the psychologist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital following a traffic accident.

Det Sgt O'Giollain alleged that the psychologist received 2,000 emails over a six-week period late last year. The psychologist had also received a number of telephone calls.

"She has the whole hospital system in disarray," the detective claimed.

The court heard that gardai contacted O'Neill's GP following her arrest, and it was decided that she is not suitable for psychiatric care.

Det Sgt O'Giollain also spoke to O'Neill's mother, who fears her daughter may self-harm.

Judge Ann Ryan remanded O'Neill on bail in her own bond of €300, to lodge €100 cash. She was ordered to live at the family home in Co Clare and to stay away from the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

Judge Ryan also told O'Neill she was to stay away from the alleged victim and was not to contact her either by phone, text, email or letter.

The matter was adjourned to a date in May for DPP's directions in relation to the matter.

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