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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Woman accused of harassing welfare claimants with texts

Joan Smyth
Joan Smyth

A disabled woman has denied harassing two women by sending them text messages threatening to "report them to social welfare".

Joan Smyth (55) also denied making nuisance phone calls to the women, telling them she would report them, wrongly claiming they were working over the hours allowed.

She entered a not guilty plea when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for hearing on a date next April.

Ms Smyth, of Rockfield Drive, Clondalkin, is charged with harassing one of the women at an address on the Shan- castle estate on a date unknown between October 21 last year and last January 19.

She is also charged with harassing the other woman at another address on the Shancastle estate on a date unknown between October 12 last year and last February 25.

Complaint

Gda Sgt Geraldine McManigan previously outlined the prosecution's case, saying that the two women contacted Ronanstown Garda Station on December 10 last year.

They made a complaint alleging that they had received nuisance text messages and phone calls from the acc-used.

Both women said they had received numerous messages and calls and became very distressed.

The accused was falsely threatening to wrongly report them to the Department of Social Protection for working more than the allowance, said Sgt McManigan.

Judge McHugh accepted jur- isdiction to deal with the case.

Legal aid was granted after he heard the accused was on disability allowance.

Ms Smyth was remanded on continuing bail.

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