Sunday 23 October 2016

Former councillor and Irish Times correspondent changes plea over 'drunken gibberish' phone calls

Eimear Cotter

Published 02/04/2016 | 14:04

Former Sinn Féin and Labour Dublin City Councillor Killian Forde (pictured in 2010) Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Former Sinn Féin and Labour Dublin City Councillor Killian Forde (pictured in 2010) Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A former Labour and Sinn Fein Dublin city councillor has denied making 100 nuisance telephone calls of "drunken gibberish".

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Killian Forde (45) is also alleged to have told the two victims "you'll be got".

He previously pleaded guilty to making the nuisance calls - but following legal advice he has now changed his plea to not guilty.

Mr Forde was a councillor with Sinn Fein from 2004 to 2010, before switching to Labour. He resigned his seat on Dublin City Council in 2011 when he was made Chief Executive of the Integration Centre.

Judge Bridget Reilly accepted Mr Forde's change of plea to not guilty and adjourned the case for hearing to a date in June.

Tallaght District Court heard Mr Forde is currently unemployed, and defence solicitor Richard Young was assigned on free legal aid.

The accused, with addresses at Carndonagh Park in Donaghmede and Sutton Park in Sutton, is charged with making 100 hoax telephone calls to two individuals, both with addresses in Tallaght.

The hoax calls were allegedly placed over a 48-hour period between October 6 and October 7, 2014.

The court heard that the DPP has directed the case be heard in the District Court.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Sergeant Michael Ahern alleged the first victim received 40 calls and voicemail messages from a mobile phone number which was registered to the accused.

Sgt Ahern alleged the second victim received 39 calls on his mobile phone and 21 on his landline.

The sergeant also alleged the voice messages and calls were of a threatening and intimidating nature, and were along the lines of "you'll be got".

Sgt Ahern alleged a lot of the messages were "drunken gibberish".

Judge Reilly accepted jurisdiction, meaning the matter stays in the District Court. The case will be heard in June.


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