Thursday 21 February 2019

Man accused of online harassment campaign against female journalists

Returned for trial: Brendan Doolin from Crumlin, Dublin. Picture: Courtpix
Returned for trial: Brendan Doolin from Crumlin, Dublin. Picture: Courtpix

Tom Tuite

A 36-year-old Dublin man has been sent forward for trial accused of a seven-year campaign of online harassment against six women.

Charges were preferred following an 18-month investigation by the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau's Cyber Investigations Unit.

Brendan Doolin, with an address at Leighlin Road, Crumlin, faces six counts of harassment contrary to Section 10 Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

The offences allegedly occurred between 2011 and 2018. He was charged in November at Kevin Street garda station and faced his second hearing at Dublin District Court yesterday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed that he was to face trial on indictment. The six named complainants include journalists and writers.

A book of evidence was served on Mr Doolin in court by Garda Colm Gallagher.

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Judge Michael Walsh noted the DPP had directed the accused was to be returned for trial on all six charges in the book of evidence.

He told Mr Doolin he was being sent forward to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on February 15.

There was no objection to him remaining on bail subject to the same terms set down in November.

Judge Walsh read out the bail conditions and told the accused to have "no contact whatsoever" with the alleged injured parties.

Furthermore, he could not have any contact with a number of witnesses, he was warned. Judge Walsh told him that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he had to notify the prosecution within 14 days.

Dressed in a navy anorak and black jeans, the accused spoke briefly, saying "Yes" when asked if he understood.

Judge Walsh also directed that copies of video evidence were to be furnished by the prosecution to Mr Doolin's solicitor.

A number of them were present for the hearing yesterday but they were not required to give evidence.

Mr Doolin has not yet indicated how he will plead.

He is accused of harassing the six women on dates from April 4, 2011, until November 6, 2017; June 2015 until 2018; between August 2012 and July 2017; from May 2012 until October 2017; from August 2012 to October 2017 and between February 2011 and February 2018.

Legal aid was granted following an application by defence solicitor Peter Keatings.

Irish Independent

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