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Builder sent ex-partner sexually explicit texts






A CONSTRUCTION worker breached a protection order after he sent a string of threatening and sexually explicit text messages to his former partner, a court heard.

Aidan Lynch (35) also repeatedly rang his ex-partner, with whom he split up with six years ago, on her mobile phone.

Judge Bridget Reilly ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to March.

Judge Reilly read a selection of messages sent by Lynch to his former partner, and asked him if he had "any idea how repulsive they are to a woman".

The defendant, of Donomore Avenue in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to breaching a protection order at Pairc Gleann Trasna in Tallaght on August 9 last year.

Garda Kevin Keane said he was working in the office of Tallaght Station when the defendant's former partner came in and made a complaint.

Gda Keane said the victim claimed Lynch was constantly ringing and texting her.


He said the woman told him she was in fear of Lynch, and Gda Keane claimed she remains in fear of him.

Gda Keane said he saw the text messages, which were of a threatening, offensive and sexually explicit nature.

The garda said the messages started friendly but when the victim didn't respond Lynch became threatening and sexually explicit.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions.

Defence lawyer George Burns said Lynch and his former partner were together for seven years and have two children together.

Mr Burns said Lynch was aware his behaviour was unacceptable. He said the defendant "went down a road he shouldn't have done" and knows he should leave his former partner in peace.

Judge Reilly reminded Lynch that as part of his bail terms he is to have no contact, either directly or indirectly or via social media, with the victim.


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