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Dr Dylan Evans: bound to the peace for a year

Dr Dylan Evans: bound to the peace for a year

Dr Dylan Evans: bound to the peace for a year

A controversial academic has appeared before the district court in relation to an accusation of making threats to another man while they waited outside a courtroom.

Dr Dylan Evans (46), with an address at Crestfield Downs, Riverstown, Cork, was accused of engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour under the Public Order Act at Cork District Court on January 18, 2011.

Another man, John Neville (38), of The Bungalow, Coolatooher, Ballinhassig, Cork, was also before the court on the same charge relating to the dispute on that day.

Dr Evans, who was a behavioural science lecturer at University College Cork (UCC), became well known when in 2010 he was accused of sexual harassment of a colleague at UCC. A female co-worker claimed he had shown her an article about oral sex among fruit bats.

Yesterday he was before Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court in relation to a complicated case of alleged verbal aggression.

The case related to an incident that occurred while he was waiting outside a courtroom in the district court building on Anglesea Street in Cork city.

Witness

The court heard that Dr Evans had gone to the court to act as a character witness and while in the building it was claimed that he met John Neville who was involved in the case.

Both men told Garda Aoife McCarthy that they had been threatened on two occasions while they waited outside the courtroom.

Mr Neville claimed that Dr Evans had approached him and "shouldered him" and then "chested him". He also claimed that the academic had threatened to kill him.

Dr Evans made a counter-allegation to gardai that he had been threatened by Mr Neville.

However, Mr Neville alleged in court that Dr Evans at one point mouthed or "mimed" the words "I am going to f***ing kill you" as they waited outside the court.

Dr Evans denied that he had threatened Mr Neville and in fact claimed that he had been threatened.

Judge Kelleher said he would dismiss the charges against both men but would bind them to the peace for a year. The judge, who said he was not "impressed" by Dr Evans's evidence, said such a move would be "good for both of them".

"I am very concerned – there is a lot behind this that I don't know about," he added.

Irish Independent