Friday 22 September 2017

DPP set to examine file on RTE crank call complaint

Officers completed the file earlier this week after interviewing a suspect about the allegations
Officers completed the file earlier this week after interviewing a suspect about the allegations
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Gardai investigating a complaint by a high-profile businesswoman that she received "menacing and creepy" phone calls from an RTE employee have sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Officers completed the file earlier this week after interviewing a suspect about the allegations.

The file has now been forwarded and the DPP will determine whether a criminal charge should be brought against the man, as a result of their inquiries.

The phone calls are alleged to be linked to a dispute in an organisation in which the woman became involved through her voluntary activities.

The woman was said by friends to have been intimidated by the late-night calls, which were made from a telephone in the RTE campus at Montrose in south Dublin.

She received a number of calls from that number last April. In some of the calls, the man remained silent and then hung up.

On one occasion, the woman attempted to return a call to the number, but did not receive a reply.

She then received a voice message in which the man gave a false name and claimed he worked on the RTE radio current affairs programme, 'Today with Sean O'Rourke'.

He invited her to take part in the show and discuss the problems she had encountered as a result of a dispute involving voluntary members of a national body.

The suspect has no connection with the programme or with the station's current affairs staff.

The woman said the series of calls were very stressful and unsettling.

Commenting on the message, she said: "I played it back some time later, and the more I played it back, the creepier it sounded".

RTE co-operated with the garda investigation.

Irish Independent

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