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Thursday 18 January 2018

Brother sent series of disturbing texts to family members

Aidan Flanagan admitted sending ‘threatening’ messages
Aidan Flanagan admitted sending ‘threatening’ messages

A man sent his brother "threatening and disturbing" messages over a 20-month period, a court has been told.

Aidan Flanagan (43), of Greenfield Road, Kanturk, Co Cork, also targeted a female relative.

He sent the messages by text, e-mail and on Facebook, Blanchardstown District Court was told.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing after Flanagan admitted harassing both Anthony Flanagan and Orla Ryan Flanagan.

The offences took place at various locations between March 2015 and November last year, the court was told.

Gda Sgt Damien Gannon told the judge the accused was arrested for the purpose of charge.

When the two charges were put to him, he made no reply after caution.

Complaint

Sgt Gannon said a file had been submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the directions were for summary disposal of the case at district court level.

Sgt Gannon said he received a statement of complaint in relation to the two charges last November.

He said there was interaction on Facebook, e-mail and text between Flanagan and the two complainants.

Flanagan was clearly identified as the sender of the messages, which were of a "threatening and disturbing nature," said Sgt Gannon.

The judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level instead of sending it forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Declan Fahy, defending, asked Judge McHugh to mark a plea of guilty and adjourn the case for disposal on a later date.

The judge remanded Flan-agan on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date in January.

He granted free legal aid.

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