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Family stalker 'stood naked on front lawn, threw nails onto driveway and made rude gestures to children'

Greg Harkin

Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30

Letterkenny District Court (Inset: John McGrotty)
Letterkenny District Court (Inset: John McGrotty)

A deaf Donegal man who harassed a local doctor and his family has been ordered to go on a victim empathy course.

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John McGrotty (65), of St Peter's Terrace, Dungloe, stood naked on his front lawn beside the McEniff family, threw nails onto their driveway and made rude gestures to their children during a five-year reign of terror.

Yesterday, victims Dr Dara McEniff and his wife Eimear were in Letterkenny District Court to hear how McGrotty had stopped the harassment and had been abiding by strict bail conditions.

However, Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing on a series of stalking and harassment charges to which McGrotty has already pleaded guilty. He told McGrotty via a sign-language interpreter that he must complete a victim-empathy course run by the probation service.

Solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked that bail conditions be varied to allow McGrotty to visit two graveyards in Dungloe which are close to two schools attended by the McEniff children.

Ms McEniff told the judge that all four children attended schools on Chapel Road in the town and were now aged 15, 14, 11 and six.

John McGrotty. (North West Newspix)
John McGrotty. (North West Newspix)

Judge Kelly agreed to allow McGrotty access to the cemeteries but warned him: "You are not to loiter at any time on Chapel Road and you are not to be on the footpath on the same side of the road as the schools. This is not a licence to wander up and down that road."

The judge, who described the victims' ordeal as "horrendous", warned the defendant that there would be serious consequences for any breach of the bail conditions.

McGrotty was banned from Donegal earlier this year for breaching bail.

Eimear and Dara McEniff arriving at Letterkenny District Court. (North West Newspix)
Eimear and Dara McEniff arriving at Letterkenny District Court. (North West Newspix)

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