Tuesday 16 January 2018

Air hostess 'infatuated' with ex given jail warning

Siobhan Downes at Ennis District Court
Siobhan Downes at Ennis District Court

Gordon Deegan

A judge has said a former air hostess infatuated with her ex-lover has a bold determination to pursue her victim.

Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment yesterday after warning Siobhan Downes that she faces prison if she does not comply with Probation Service.

The 34-year-old appeared at Ennis District Court after allegedly breaching a Protection Order on October 3 by going to the home of her former boyfriend, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Downes of Childers Road, Ennis, had been remanded in custody at Limerick Prison for ten days concerning the alleged Protection Order breach and was released on bail in October.

The Ennis woman avoided jail at Judge Durcan's court in September concerning six Protection Order breaches since February that she admitted, only after agreeing to be admitted for psychiatric treatment.

A Probation Service report was placed before the court on Ms Downes yesterday and after reading it, Judge Durcan declared: "I am not happy with the Probation Service report."

Addressing the defendant, Judge Durcan said: "I appreciate the time you spent in prison and I appreciate the time you spent in an acute psychiatric unit. I do not believe that you are co-operating with the Probation Service. I believe there is a element of 'foxing' as far as you are concerned.

"I do not accept that the problems underlying your behaviour are due entirely to psychiatric issues."

Judge Durcan warned Ms Downes: "Should I find that there is not 100pc compliance by you with the Probation Service, I will finalise these matters with a prison sentence.

"Let's be clear where you are I stand.

"I don't think there is a serious psychiatric problem -- I am of the view that there is a bold determination on your part to pursue the victim who is involved in this case.


"I also share the view expressed by the Probation Service that there is an immaturity on your part.

"So you would want to shape up and wake up otherwise I will wake you up."

Judge Durcan adjourned the case until February 4 to Ennis District Court for sentence and further remanded Downes on bail.

(The Herald)

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