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Saturday 16 December 2017

Ex accused of threats to kill wife and children

A 37-year-old Drogheda man is accused of harassing his estranged wife by calling her up to 300 times a day, threatening to kill her and her children.

Simon McGurrin is also alleged to have broken into the woman's house in south Dublin armed with a hammer.

The accused has been ordered not to have any contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged victim and her sister.

He was also told by a judge not to contact her place of work after a garda witness claimed that he has been ringing the alleged victim’s office trying to get her sacked.

The matter was adjourned for six weeks to a date in April to allow gardai obtain the phone records of the accused and the alleged victim.

McGurrin, of The Drive, Riverbank, Drogheda, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with two counts of harassment, contrary to Section 10 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.

The alleged harassment of his estranged wife and sister-inlaw took place on dates between August 20 and December 10, 2009.

McGurrin is also charged with breaching a barring order on dates between September 10 and December, 2009. He is also charged with burglary at the victim's home in Dundrum on August 23, 2009.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of all matters in the District Court.

Outlining the allegations for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Lorraine Mulvin said it will be alleged that McGurrin continuously telephoned the victim, leaving voice messages of a threatening and abusive nature.

Garda Mulvin said it will be alleged that McGurrin phoned the victim up to 300 times a day, and threatened to kill her and her children.

The garda claimed that the alleged victim has been living in great fear for the past few months.

She also said it will be alleged that McGurrin broke into the victim's home armed with a hammer.

The house was unoccupied at the time.

Judge Ann Ryan said she would accept jurisdiction of the matter.

Garda Mulvin said she was still waiting for phone records from the mobile phone company and she hopes to have them in four weeks.

As a condition of his bail, McGurrin was ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim and was ordered not to ring her place of work.

Judge Ryan adjourned the matter for six weeks to allow the accused to speak to his solicitor.

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