Tuesday 20 March 2018

Court hears 'neighbour from hell' threw urine and dog dirt at home

Martin O'Donnell
Martin O'Donnell
Anthony Healy

Saurya Cherfi

A postman has been granted a permanent injunction restraining a "neighbour from hell" who allegedly threw urine and dog dirt around his house, from harassing and intimidating him.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane also granted Anthony Healy injunctions restraining next-door neighbour Martin O'Donnell from entering or interfering with the use and enjoyment of his property, and from throwing objects, food stuff and liquids on his property.

Mr Healy, who is originally from England, claimed Mr O'Donnell was verbally abusive towards him, calling him an "English bastard".

He said that his neighbour had also threatened to "kill him and put him in a body bag".

Judge Linnane, at the Circuit Civil Court, dismissed a counter-claim from O'Donnell, who had entered a full defence to Mr Healy's allegations.

Barrister Conor Bowman had told the court that for the past six years his client had been the victim of a continuous campaign of nuisance and intimidation against him and his property at Glengarriff Parade, off North Circular Road, Phibsboro, Dublin, by his neighbour.

Mr Bowman, counsel for the postman, said Mr O'Donnell had thrown urine, chicken bones and skin and food scraps on a regular basis on the front door of Mr Healy's house, which he inherited when his partner died in 2008.

He also alleged Mr O'Donnell would leave rubbish, porridge and dog droppings around Mr Healy's house, pouring urine over them from a carton. He maintained that Mr O'Donnell had trespassed in his back garden on several occasions.

The court heard Mr Healy's car had been damaged so frequently that he was unable to park it on the street outside his home and had to pay for private parking elsewhere.

He also told the judge that Mr O'Donnell would leave his radio at a high volume, bang on his bedroom wall, knock on his front door and window at night to keep him awake.

"It seems to be his nature that he has to have a go at somebody," Healy told the court.

Irish Independent

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