Sunday 17 December 2017

'Hideous' letters allegedly sent from garda called partner's former wife a 'corrupt b***h' and an 'incompetent useless hobbit' - court hears

Eve Doherty arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins
Eve Doherty arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photo: Collins

Declan Brennan

A garda has gone on trial accused of harassing a State solicitor by describing her as politically corrupt in a series of "hideous" and "vitriolic" letters and emails.

Eve Doherty (49), a garda based in Dublin, has denied harassing Elizabeth Howlin between September 2011 and March 2013 and making false statements claiming Ms Howlin was perverting the course of justice.

On the first day of a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, the jury heard that Ms Howlin worked in the office of the DPP at the time.

Over the 18-month period, letters and emails were sent to her home, her place of work and her GP, calling Ms Howlin a "corrupt bitch" and an "incompetent useless hobbit", the court heard.

The material made claims that Ms Howlin, who is a distant cousin of the TD Brendan Howlin, was a political appointee, and that she would "pull" files to prevent the prosecution of anyone connected to her or the Government.

Ms Howlin told Kerida Naidoo SC, prosecuting, that all the allegations in the emails were untrue, but that they also contained many personal details which were true.

Mr Naidoo told the jury that Ms Howlin's ex-husband, David Chapman, was in a relationship with the defendant at the time.

Michael O'Higgins SC, defending, told the jury that Ms Doherty denied being the author of any of the letters and emails. He said the allegations contained in them were hideous and defamatory.

The first letter sent to Ms Howlin's home in September 2011 purported to be from her neighbour.

The author said Ms Howlin was a "pompous arrogant c**t" and asked her to "f**k off back to whatever hell hole you crawled out of". The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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