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Thursday 24 April 2014

Housewife forcibly removed tenants from home, court hears

A HOUSEWIFE "and her associates" forcibly removed a couple from the house they had rented from her in what the tenants described as a "horrendous and frightening" experience, the High Court has heard.

Joan O'Connor was alleged to have intimidated them and changed the locks on their home.

Details of the incident emerged as Mr Justice Paul McDermott has been asked by bank receivers, Liam Dowdall and Sean McNamara, for injunctions restraining Mrs O'Connor, of Pinehaven, Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, Co Dublin, and her husband, Pat O'Connor, of Ballymore Lane, Craughwell, Co Galway, from obstructing their activities.

William Abrahamson, counsel for the bank-appointed receivers, told the court that the O'Connors had raised a loan from Ulster Bank to buy 9 Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, on which they had developed two houses, Pinehaven, where Mrs O'Connor still lived, and The Laurels which they had rented to Patrick and Phyllis Glavin.

Mr Abrahamson said a second loan had been granted to the couple to buy a property in Craughwell, Co Galway.

Due to mounting arrears the bank had called in both loans amounting to more than €2m.

When it was not repaid the bank appointed Mr Dowdall and Mr McNamara as receivers.

Mr and Mrs Glavin had accepted they would have to leave The Laurels and had been co-operating with the receivers, but had been intimidated by Mrs O'Connor who had taken control of The Laurels, forcibly removed the Glavins and changed the locks.

Mrs O'Connor, who was not legally represented, claimed the appointment of the receivers had not been dealt with by the bank in accordance with the law and had not been properly executed.

The judge said he would rule on the application for restraining injunctions against the O'Connors in September.

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