Wednesday 23 May 2018

'First Dates' star in court accused of harassing celebrity chef

Daphney Sanasie: in court Photo: John Dardis
Daphney Sanasie: in court Photo: John Dardis

Tom Tuite

RTÉ 'First Dates' star Daphney Sanasie, who is accused of harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath, has been given four weeks to decide how she will plead.

The model (26), who has an address at Jamestown Road, Dublin 8, is accused of harassing Mr McGrath (39) at various locations in the State from September 9 until November 21 last year.

Ms Sanasie has not yet entered a plea and was ordered to appear again at Dublin District Court on June 24 in order to allow her time to brief her lawyers.

She first appeared at a late sitting of the court on April 15 last, when evidence of her arrest was given by Garda Colm Kelly of the Bridewell station.

At her previous hearing, the court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case, meaning it is to stay in the District Court and not go forward to the Circuit Court, which has tougher sentencing powers.

The offence, at District Court level, can result in a fine and a maximum 12-month sentence.

Garda Kelly has complied with an order to provide disclosure of the prosecution evidence. However, Judge Cormac Dunne was told that Ms Sanasie has recently changed her legal firm.

The South African model was known as Federica Sanasie when she appeared on 'First Dates Ireland'.

McGrath - one of Ireland's best-known chefs - runs the Rustic Stone Restaurant and was a judge on the Irish version of 'Masterchef'.

Irish Independent

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