Friday 22 March 2019

Dad looking for his son threatened to kill social worker

Georgel Gheorghescu harassed social worker for a year. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Georgel Gheorghescu harassed social worker for a year. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

A father threatened to kill a Tusla social worker and harassed her for more than a year as he was trying to get in touch with his son and she was his only point of contact.

Georgel Gheorghescu (38) also threatened to kill a neighbour while holding a knife.

He was depressed and "wasn't himself" at the time of those incidents, his solicitor said.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case to April for sentencing after a probation report was ordered.

The defendant, of Meadow Green, Clonsilla, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to charges of har- assment and threats to kill.

Sgt Geraldine McManigan said that between August 2015 and September 2016, Gheorghescu made harassing telephone calls and sent harassing text messages to a Tusla social worker.

Sgt McManigan said he rang her, texted her, went to her place of business looking for her and made threats to kill her.


In a separate incident, Gheorghescu threatened to kill a neighbour at Meadow Green.

In that incident, on September 26, 2016, Sgt McManigan said the defendant came out of his house brandishing a knife and threatened the neighbour.

The defendant had since moved away from the area, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Gheorghescu was originally from Romania but had been living in Ireland for 11 years and this country was now his home.

Mr Fleming said Gheorghescu had a volatile relationship with his ex-partner and the couple split in 2015.

She disappeared with his son, and for nearly a year he did not know where they were.

Mr Fleming said Gheorghescu was trying to find his son, and the social worker was his only point of contact.

The defendant "wasn't himself" at that time and he wished to apologise for his behaviour, Mr Fleming said.

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