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Thursday 23 November 2017

Man ordered to stay away from neighbour after harassing him

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A man who harassed a neighbour after the pair became involved in a dispute has been ordered to stay away from him for two years.

Patrick Dunne (47) walked on to his neighbour's property and gave him the middle finger and also left a golf club lying against his door.

The victim was at home watching TV at the time of the incidents.

A court heard the defendant had previously made complaints to gardai about the victim and his family.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Dunne not to communicate with the victim for a period of two years and to stay 25 metres away from him.

The defendant, of Prospect, Naul Road, Balbriggan, admitted a charge of harassment before Swords District Court.

The harassment took place at the victim's home at Chapel Gate, Balbriggan, between January 10 and April 9 last year.

Gda Colin Noonan said Dunne entered the victim's property on January 10, knocked on a window and waved his middle finger at the victim, who is in his late 50s.

Warned

Gda Noonan said Dunne shouted something at the victim, but he could not hear what was said.

The officer said he warned Dunne about his behaviour, but the defendant called to the victim's home again on April 9, knocked on the window and left a golf club leaning against the door.

The court heard that Dunne, a father-of-one, had never been in trouble before.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said the harassment was at the "very lowest level" and claimed it was "a technical harassment charge".

Mr Jackson said there was a background to the matter, involving a neighbours' dispute.

He said Dunne had made a number of complaints to gardai about the victim and his family.

Mr Jackson also said Dunne had wanted to fight the case, but he had explained the law to him and the defendant had decided not to air his grievances in public.

The court heard there have been no issues between the parties since these matters.

In lieu of a conviction, Judge Dempsey said he was ordering Dunne not to communicate with the victim for two years and to stay 25 metres away from him.

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