Thursday 26 April 2018

Man to face trial for harassing RTÉ news anchor and child porn offences

Conor O’Hora is accused of harassing news anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Photo: Doug.ie
Conor O’Hora is accused of harassing news anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Photo: Doug.ie

Andrew Phelan

A man has been sent forward for trial accused of harassing RTÉ's Sharon Ní Bheoláin, as well as child porn offences.

Conor O'Hora (40), from Heather Walk, Portmarnock, Dublin, has been charged with harassment of the newsreader at various locations within the State from October 20, 2013, until February 16, 2014. He also has two other charges for possessing child pornography in text communications and images over the same time period.

Judge Michael Walsh returned him for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. A State solicitor yesterday said a book of evidence was ready and it was served on the accused.

Mr O'Hora, who has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, sat looking at the book after it was handed to him by a garda. Judge Michael Walsh told Mr O'Hora his case would be listed before the presiding judge at the circuit court on December 21.

He then gave him the formal warning that he must provide any alibi details to the prosecution within 14 days.

The accused, wearing a light grey sweater over a blue shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, sat and nodded as the judge gave him the alibi notice.

News anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Photo: Maxwell Photography
News anchor Sharon Ní Bheoláin. Photo: Maxwell Photography

When Judge Walsh asked if he understood it, he replied: "I do, yeah."

Judge Walsh ordered disclosure by the prosecution of a copy of the accused's Garda interview video.

He granted free legal aid to cover junior counsel in the circuit court, following an application by Mr O'Hora's solicitor, Philip Hannon. Ms Ní Bheoláin was not required to be present in court for the case yesterday.

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