Tuesday 24 October 2017

Ex-student harassment case moved to higher court

Eoin Hannan
Eoin Hannan

Gordon Deegan

A FORMER UCC Arts student who is alleged to have threatened to shoot a dog warden in the leg faces up to seven years in jail if convicted of the offence.

Judge Patrick Durcan yesterday declined jurisdiction in the case after hearing evidence of Eoin Hannan's alleged harassment of Frankie Coote in September 2012.

Judge Durcan initially heard an outline of the facts in the case in April, and ruled that he would hear the case, with Mr Hannan (inset), from Ennis, Co Clare, facing a prison term up to 12 months and a fine on conviction in Ennis District Court.

Yesterday, solicitor for Mr Hannan (41), Daragh Hassett, said that his client would be pleading guilty to the offence.

However, after Inspector Tom Kennedy outlined the evidence against Mr Hannan, Judge Durcan said he would now be declining jurisdiction "after hearing a more comprehensive outline of the facts in the case".

The case will now be heard in the Circuit Court after the preparation of a Book of Evidence.

Insp Kennedy said that at 9.30am on September 21, 2012, Mr Coote began receiving calls on his mobile that were threatening and abusive from the outset.

He said that the calls related to Mr Hannan querying legislation that allowed Mr Coote take a dog from Mr Hannan.

Insp Kennedy said that on one of the phonecalls, "Mr Hannan threatened to blind Mr Coote and threatened to shoot him in the leg and leave him with a limp".

Insp Kennedy said that Mr Hannan also got through to Mr Coote's home phone number.

Mr Hannan is charged with harassing Mr Coote on dates between September 21 and September 26, 2012.

Mr Hannan is also charged with persistently making use of the telecommunications systems for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety to another.

He was remanded in custody to re-appear before Ennis District Court on July 16.

Irish Independent

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