Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jail warning for stalker (54) sentenced for the fourth time

A woman with psychiatric difficulties has been sentenced for the fourth time for stalking her former lecturer.

Elaine Tyrell (54) appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after breaching a previous court order that she not have any contact with the man for 10 years.

She was arrested after going to his workplace at KPMG where she approached the CEO to ask about her victim.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a one-year suspended sentence and warned Tyrell that the original barring order was still in effect.

On Thursday he jailed her for one night to show her what prison was like.

"Ms Tyrell obviously has problems but the man in question should not suffer because of these problems," Judge Nolan said.

He told Tyrell: "The court doesn't particularly want to imprison you but that will be the likely outcome if you breach the order again."

Her defence counsel said it was a sad case and "most unfortunate" that cases such as this had to be dealt with in the criminal courts.

Tyrell believed she was in a romantic relationship with her victim after he taught a class she was in during the 1980s. She has spent time in a psychiatric institution and is on medication.

Tyrell, of Captain's Road, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to breaching a court order by going to the KPMG offices at the IFSC on August 17, 2010.

Irish Independent

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