Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man fled to UK over his infatuated former lover

Siobhain Downes at Ennis Court.
Siobhain Downes at Ennis Court.

Gordon Deegan

A MAN was forced to leave the country for England due to the attention from his former infatuated lover, a court has heard.

At Ennis District Court yesterday, Garda Margaret Leahy said that the man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was forced to leave Ireland for England last August due to the attention from former air hostess, Siobhan Downes.

Ms Downes was yesterday appearing in relation to allegedly breaching a Protection Order on October 3 last by going to the home of her former boyfriend.

Ms Downes (35), of Childers Road, Ennis, Co Clare, has already spent 10 days in jail concerning the latest charge when remanded in custody to Limerick prison for 10 days last October.

The Ennis woman avoided jail at Judge Patrick Durcan's court last September concerning six separate Protection Order breaches since February 2013 that she had pleaded guilty to, only after agreeing to be admitted for psychiatric treatment.

In court yesterday, Judge Durcan said: "I do accept that it is a very unusual and very sad case and Ms Downes has come through a very difficult period."

In evidence, Garda Leahy said that Ms Downes had not been near the family home of the victim or come to garda attention since October 3.

The matter was listed for finalisation yesterday, but Judge Durcan said that before the matter was finalised he would like to hear from the victim's family in court.

Judge Durcan said that he would adjourn the case for finalisation on April 9 to Ennis District Court when the victim or the victim's family would give evidence.

Irish Independent

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