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Thursday 21 March 2019

Woman who sent text threats claims 'temper' made her do it

Joan Smyth allegedly caused the two women distress
Joan Smyth allegedly caused the two women distress

A woman accused of harassing two others by threatening to "report them to social welfare" has had her case struck out after she agreed to have no further contact with them.

Joan Smyth (57) allegedly sent text messages to the women and made nuisance phone calls, telling them she would report them, wrongly claiming they were working over the hours allowed.

Smyth, of Rockfield Drive, Clondalkin, had been charged with harassing one woman at an address at Shancastle Park on a date unknown between October 21, 2016 and January 19 last year.

She was also charged with harassing a second woman at another address in the Shancastle estate on a date unknown between October 12, 2016 and February 25 last year.

Blanchardstown District Court had heard the women told gardai they had received nuisance text messages and phone calls from the accused.

Both women said they had received numerous messages and calls and became very distressed as a result of the communications.

The accused was allegedly threatening to wrongly report them to the Department of Social Protection for working more than the allowance.

Smyth had pleaded not guilty to the charges and the two women gave evidence for the prosecution.

However, when the hearing resumed, defence solicitor John Wood said Ms Smyth was agreeing to give a sworn undertaking not to contact the two women involved.

Wise

Judge David McHugh said that having heard part of the case, he considered her course of action "most wise".

"I didn't intend any harm," Ms Smyth said.

"It was just said out of temper."

Judge McHugh said he was satisfied with her undertaking and struck out the charges.

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