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Friday 15 December 2017

Man is accused of leaving cow's heart at door of woman

Stephen Nesbitt (Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot; charged with harassment) leaving Blanchardstown District Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin
Stephen Nesbitt (Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot; charged with harassment) leaving Blanchardstown District Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin

A DUBLIN man alleged to have left a cow's heart in a jar outside a former friend's house while harassing her has been given two months to decide on a plea.

Stephen Nesbitt (21) was also warned by a judge that he must continue to stay away from the woman during that time under bail conditions.

He is accused of leaving the heart at the house while subjecting her to threats and harassment for nearly a year, a court has heard.

He also allegedly sent the woman images of cuts to his own arms and made threats that he would "post indecent photographs".

relationship

Dublin District Court heard their friendship had ended in acrimony over a relationship the alleged victim had with somebody else.

Mr Nesbitt, with an address at Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot, is charged with harassing the woman at a location in south west Dublin on dates between January 1 and December 20, 2013.

The charge is under Section 10 the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded him on continuing bail to a date in January, to decide on how he intends to plead to the charge.

The court heard the alleged victim had made two statements to gardai, and Judge Walsh read these in order to decide on the issue of jurisdiction.

After reading them, he accepted jurisdiction, meaning that the case can be dealt with at district court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has tougher potential sentencing powers on conviction.

No details of the statements were disclosed in court.

Copies were handed over to the defendant's solicitor who said he also wished to read them and requested an adjournment.

Judge Walsh put the case back for eight weeks, but reiterated bail conditions, advising the accused that he must have no direct or indirect contact with the woman and stay away from her home address.

statements

When asked by the judge if he could do this, the defendant replied: "yes."

The court heard previously the DPP consented to summary trial of the case and the alleged victim's statements were produced at the request of Judge Patricia McNamara.

Outlining the allegations against the defendant at that previous hearing, Sgt Niall Murphy said the accused and the woman had been friends for some time and there had been "earlier acrimony in relation to a relationship the injured party had with a third party, not the defendant".

In January, 2013, the accused thought the woman was still in this relationship and he allegedly sent messages and made threats to her.

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