Monday 24 April 2017

'Filthy... appalling' - Judge's words after mum circulated 'paedophile' note on ex's family

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Patrick Durcan said the woman had engendered poison in a rural area. Stock Picture
At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Patrick Durcan said the woman had engendered poison in a rural area. Stock Picture

Gordon Deegan

A judge has described as "appalling" a mother's actions in circulating a notice to 200 houses alleging that a home in the area is the subject of an ongoing paedophile investigation by gardaí.

At the Family Law Court in Ennis, Co Clare, Judge Patrick Durcan said the woman had engendered poison in a rural area.

In the 'Urgent Notice' circulated, the woman names the family and provides their address in the area. The woman is currently in a court battle with her estranged partner - who is a member of the family - in a dispute over the man not having access to their child. The man hasn't had any access to the child since last November.

In the notice, the woman claims that there is an ongoing garda paedophile investigation at the address.

The notice does not make any allegations against the woman's estranged partner. It contains unsubstantiated, lurid allegations of what is alleged to have taken place at the address and is signed off by the woman concerned.

Solicitor for the man Shíofra Hassett told the Family Law Court in Ennis that the circulation of the notice by the woman was now the subject of an investigation by local gardaí. Ms Hassett handed in a copy of the notice to Judge Durcan. Addressing the court, Judge Duncan said: "I am not going to tolerate this kind of carry-on."

Directly addressing the woman's solicitor, Tara Godfrey, Judge Durcan said: "I am not impressed by your client and I am very unimpressed by the document that your client found necessary to distribute to 200 houses in a rural area."

He added: "I live in rural Ireland . . . I know precisely the poison that something like this would engender." He said: "I find that anyone who does that kind of thing is in my view contemptible. It is filthy. It is appalling."

Judge Durcan adjourned the case to tomorrow at Ennis District Court where the case concerning the alleged breach of access will be determined.

Irish Independent

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