Monday 25 September 2017

Manager in 60s agrees to keep away from receptionist (27) he ‘had sex dream about’

Derek Collins
Derek Collins

Aodhan O'Faolain and Ray Managh

A DUBLIN man in his 60s has agreed to keep away from and not communicate with a 27-year-old receptionist who claims he had physically, emotionally and sexually harassed her.

Today at the High Court Derek Collins gave a sworn undertaking before Mr Justice Kevin Cross that he would not come within 500 meters of Renata Kaminska, her place of residence or her place of work. He also agreed not to communicate with her by telephone, social media or e-mail or through a third party.

Ms Kaminska had previously obtained a temporary injunction from the High Court restraining Mr Collins of Furry Hill Sandyford Dublin 18 from coming near or contacting her.

She sought the orders because she claimed Mr Collins, who is in his early 60s, had harassed her for a period of about six months and had on one occasion threatened to kill her. Ms Kaminska further claimed she was assaulted by him on several occasions. 

The High Court heard that she works as a receptionist for a firm based at North Wall Quay, Dublin. Mr Collins was also based at the same premises at North Wall Quay where he was employed, by a different company, as a building's manager.

The court heard that Ms Kaminska allegations against Mr Collins included that he had told her that he loved her, and had been "waiting for me for 30 years."

She also claimed he made phone calls to her, where he would breath heavily before hanging up which made her very uncomfortable, and had called to her house for no reason.

She claimed that Mr Collins had on one occasion told her that he had her followed after she left a restaurant "to see where I was going." 

She further claimed that on another occasion he backed her into a place at work that was not in the view of the CCTV camera's grabbed her and hugged and kissed her.

He once invited her to lunch. However she said she was uncomfortable with this and brought her partner with her. She said that afterwards Mr Collins got upset with her and called her a liar for bringing her partner as he "just wanted it to be the two of us." 

She said that he also made inappropriate comments about her and her appearance, including once telling her that he had "a sex dream" about her.

After she made an official complaint he was suspended from his job. However she claimed that he was seen on several occasions to driving very slowly around her place of work. On one occasion she claimed he drove up close to her while she was walking to work and said "hello" to her before driving away.

While Mr Collins was suspended she said she received a large number of missed calls to her telephone. She also claimed he sent her texts saying that "he would not hurt her." Some weeks later however she received a telephone call from him where he "threatened to kill me."

Yesterday when the matter returned before the High Court banister Maurice Coffey Bl said that Mr Collins was prepared to give an undertaking not to go near his client.

After the undertaking was given Mr Justice Cross warned Mr Collins, who was not legally that any breached of the undertaking would have "serious" consequences, and could result in Mr Collins being committed to prison.

Mr Collins told the court that he was now unemployed and "had nothing" as a result of what had happened, but did not accept Counsels assertion that he (Collins) was the author of his own misfortune.

The Judge also awarded costs of the proceedings in favour of Ms Kaminska, who was not present in court yesterday.  

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