Wednesday 24 January 2018

Actor back in court as 'women put in fear'

Paddy Clancy

A MAN convicted of putting women in fear re-offended just 10 days after a judge warned him that his freedom was hanging by a thread.

Actor Patrick Keaney (57), pictured below, was back before Judge Kevin Kilrane in Sligo District Court yesterday where he faced having the suspended sentence he received for harassment, activated.

Garda Inspector Gerry Connolly told the court: "He (Keaney) did re-offend on August 19, 10 days after his last court appearance."

Gerry McGovern, defending, told the judge that his client has decided to appeal his conviction for harassment to the circuit court.

Keaney was convicted of sending women unwanted letters, books, gifts and cards. He denied the offences.

Mr McGovern said yesterday that he appears "for the first time", to have stopped sending correspondence.

Keaney, of Mountain Close, Cartron, Co Sligo, was given the 11-month suspended sentence at the end of July.

In a series of court appearances between January and August, Judge Kilrane was told Keaney visited a woman at her workplace and sent her several letters.

Gardai also found a card with RIP written beside the woman's name in Keaney's possession.

The judge said yesterday that as the conviction is now being appealed to a higher court, the issue of the breach of bail which was before him and the District Court has now been superseded by the appeal. The appeal will be heard at a later date.

Irish Independent

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