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Monday 18 December 2017

Stalker suspect found close to doctor's home 'sent her 2,000 emails'

A DOCTOR who is allegedly being harassed by a former patient is so stressed out by the experience that she has been unable to work for four months, a court heard.

Alison O'Neill (19) is accused of harassing a doctor at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and sending her nearly 2,000 emails over a six-week period.

She was before the court this week for allegedly breaching a bail condition to stay away from the doctor after she was arrested just yards from the doctor's home in Killiney, Co Dublin.

O'Neill was remanded in custody with consent to bail, and was warned by a judge to stay out of Dublin.

Judge Clare Leonard said O'Neill was to be arrested immediately if she sets foot in Dublin city or county, unless it is for court appearances -- and even then she is to be accompanied by her mother.

A garda witness claimed the incident had been very stressful for the doctor at the centre of the alleged harassment, and her children were also very upset.

Sergeant Tim Galvin told Dun Laoghaire District Court he charged O'Neill at Shankill Garda Station on October 10 with threatening and abusive behaviour.

The alleged incident took place in Killiney on Sunday night, just yards from the doctor's home.

O'Neill, of Oakfield, Clonlara, Co Clare, was previously charged with harassing the doctor on dates between October 15, 2009 and March 22, 2010, as well as trespassing on the grounds of the National Rehabilitation Hospital on Rochestown Avenue on April 20.

The court previously heard O'Neill was referred to the doctor some time ago following a traffic accident. She was later referred back to Limerick for continued treatment, but she continued to receive advice from the neurologist via email, until the number and content of the emails allegedly became "inappropriate", and she was asked to stop.

It was previously alleged the doctor received 2,000 emails from O'Neill over a six-week period.



Victim

As part of her bail conditions, O'Neill must stay away from the alleged victim, and not contact her, either by phone, text, email or letter.

Sgt Galvin alleged O'Neill had breached her bail conditions five times since September 21, and has appeared outside the alleged victim's home on a number of occasions.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said his client was applying for bail, and was willing to abide by any conditions.

Judge Leonard remanded O'Neill in custody with consent to bail in her own bond of €100, as well as an independent surety of €100.

The judge said O'Neill was only to be released into the custody of her family.

The defendant is also to keep away from the alleged victim, and is to stay out of Dublin.

Judge Leonard also directed that O'Neill receive medical attention.

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