Wednesday 7 December 2016

Woman sent for trial over online abuse of radio host

Tom Tuite

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

98fm presenter Jeremy Dixon was abuse target, court heard
98fm presenter Jeremy Dixon was abuse target, court heard

An alleged Twitter troll has been served with a book of evidence and sent forward for trial, accused of one count of harassment of 98fm presenter Jeremy Dixon with threats and online abuse.

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Geraldine Delahunty (41), with an address at Convent Lawns, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court to be served with a book of evidence.

She faces a single count under section 10 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act for alleged harassment of 'Dublin Talks' co-host Jeremy Dixon from August 4, 2014 until January 16 last year.

Judge Walsh held that the case was too serious to be dealt with in the District Court - meaning a trial in the Circuit Court, which can impose lengthier sentences.

He warned Ms Delahunty, who was accompanied to court by solicitor Michael Kelleher, that if she intended to use an alibi in her defence she must notify the prosecution of this within 14 days.

He then told her that she was being returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and must appear there on April 15. There was no objection to bail and legal aid was granted to Ms Delahunty, who has not yet entered a plea.

In an outline of the allegations given earlier for the purpose of deciding jurisdiction, Garda Sergeant Gail Smith had told the judge it was alleged that Mr Dixon had been harassed via Twitter.

This allegedly started with comments - some of which were "quite upsetting" - including one message that Mr Dixon would be killed, the court was told.

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It was alleged that a number of false statements were made, such as untrue claims that the broadcaster abused his wife and took drugs. Tweets could be seen by Dixon's 15,000 followers. It was also alleged that his home address was posted online and references were made to his wife.

Mr Dixon, who was not present yesterday, had told the court previously that the tweets were relentless.

It affected his work because a company he did business with had been contacted and told untruthfully not to employ him because he takes drugs.

His wife was also afraid, the court heard.

Irish Independent

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