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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Second stalker sent RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain 'vile and graphic' emails

Ken Foy

Published 10/06/2014|07:23

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Sharon Ni Bheolain complained of ‘lowlifes’ taking pictures of her.
Sharon Ni Bheolain complained of ‘lowlifes’ taking pictures of her.

RTE Newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain has been the victim of a second stalker whose computer has been seized, the Herald can reveal.

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The 43-year-old mother of one had been subjected to a campaign of harassment and intimidation and received a series of emails and letters, which were described as “vile”.

A detailed investigation into the case has been led by the garda’s National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) which arrested and questioned a 37-year-old North Dublin man in February before releasing him without charge.

It has now emerged a second suspect has been identified in the case, and gardai have searched his Co Cork home and seized his computer.

Sources say that the suspect has been questioned by investigating detectives but not formally arrested.

However, an examination of the man’s computer is believed to have shown up images of child pornography.

A source told the Herald: “Investigations have been established that the man living in Cork had been in communication with the suspect living in Dublin about Ms Ni Bheolain and it seems that the Cork man had also been sending her emails.

“Both these individuals seem to be living in an online fantasy world but their actions have caused distress to the injured party and gardai are taking this matter extremely seriously.”

While it is not known how the Cork and Dublin suspects know each other, the Dublin man lives with his parents in Portmarnock and he has denied any involvement.

All the correspondence sent to Ms Ni Bheolain at her place of work in RTE and sources say that there is nothing to indicate that the suspects knew where she was living.

It is understood that Ms Ni Bheolain made a complaint to gardai a number of weeks before last Christmas and gardai were able to trace the suspect form his computer’s IP address.

The correspondence contained threats and bizarre orders about what the presenter should wear on TV.

After interviewing Ms Ni Bheolain and examining the threats, gardai carried out inquiries. Gardai described the correspondence as “graphic, vile and at the higher end of the scale in terms of harassment and sexual depravity”.

The only arrest in the case was on February 18 when a man was lifted by gardai and his computer was taken away for examination.

He was later released without charge from Raheny garda station in North Dublin

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