A JUDGE told a former air hostess infatuated with her former lover that "this court is not a creche for middle-aged people".
Judge Patrick Durcan was addressing Siobhan Downes (34) yesterday when dealing with a fresh summons alleging that Ms Downes breached a protection order on October 3 last, by going to the home of her former boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Ms Downes, of Childers Road, Ennis, Co Clare, has been in custody at Limerick Prison for the past 10 days after the latest alleged breach, and Judge Durcan said that she "was now somewhere she wouldn't have expected to be in her wildest dreams".
Ms Downes secured bail yesterday after the judge reduced the amount of surety required.
Ennis District Court was told that since the latest alleged breach on October 3, Ms Downes's former boyfriend has left the country.
She avoided jail last month concerning six separate protection order breaches since February 2013 – that she had pleaded guilty to only after agreeing to be admitted for psychiatric treatment.
On hearing that Ms Downes's former boyfriend had left the country, Judge Durcan said: "My impression is that the injured party would like to return to the jurisdiction."
Judge Durcan said that Ms Downes "has a very serious psychiatric illness and has been an in-patient recently". He said that he had the greatest sympathy for her, but also had to ensure that the victim was protected.
"This affects not one, but two families," he said.
Judge Durcan said that Ms Downes had been in prison for almost two weeks and "the lesson had to be learned".
Reducing the bail surety required, Judge Durcan said: "If there is any breach of bail conditions there will be appropriate penalties. This court doesn't run a creche for middle-aged people. If she offends again that's the end of the matter."
Judge Durcan remanded Ms Downes in custody with consent to bail to reappear before court next Wednesday.
In court last month, Judge Durcan said that Ms Downes had been unable to get over her infatuation with her former boyfriend resulting in the successive breaches.