Saturday 24 February 2018

Man told Shatter in email to 'f*** off to the West Bank'

Admission: John Dillon
Admission: John Dillon

Andrew Phelan

A council worker has admitted sending a series of abusive, anti-semitic emails to former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

John Dillon (55) went "over the edge", said Mr Shatter was a "perfidious Jew" and told him to "f*** off back to the West Bank".

Dublin District Court heard he wrote the 10 emails while going through "an episode" after a relationship break-up.

He pleaded guilty to harassing Mr Shatter over a five-week period last year. Dillon sent the emails while Mr Shatter was Minister for Justice.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the case and told him he could avoid jail if he is found suitable for community service.

Dillon, of Whitethorn Gardens, Palmerstown, admitted one count of harassment.

Mr Shatter's garda statement was handed in to the court by Detective Garda Ciarán O'Neill and read by the judge, along with a printout of the emails Dillon sent.

Dillon's barrister, Óisín Clarke, asked Judge Halpin to leave Dillon without a conviction.

He explained that the accused went "over the edge" when he wrote the emails.

Dillon's sister, Maura Dillon, "noticed something was wrong" at the time. She told the court: "I noticed his behaviour was very out of character."

The judge said the emails were "invective and obnoxious" and that Mr Shatter, who was not in court, was "offended, insulted and deeply upset".

In a statement, which was read out in court, Mr Shatter said: "I got them because I am Jewish. No matter how much of a hard neck you have, persistence of that nature is upsetting and distressing.

"I am used to getting communications like that over the years, but what was different was the persistence."

Judge Halpin said he would not normally read the emails out in court but he felt that the public "ought to be given a flavour" of them.

The first mail, sent on March 14 last year, stated: "Resign, you Jewish, Rathgar, circumcised p***k."

Another sent two days later said: "Perfidious Jew, unable to give a breath test, f*** off to Russia, you Yiddish wh**e."

Judge Halpin adjourned the case to November.

Irish Independent

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