Saturday 20 July 2019

Man who left cow’s heart in a glass jar outside a former friend’s house fined €300

Stephen Nesbitt leaving Dublin District Court. The Ballyfermot man has been charged with harassment.
Stephen Nesbitt leaving Dublin District Court. The Ballyfermot man has been charged with harassment.
Eimear Cotter

By Eimear Cotter

A straight 'A' student left a cow’s heart in a glass jar outside a former friend’s house after he reacted badly to a post on a website that she was in a relationship, a court heard.

Stephen Nesbitt (21) also put up 80 posters on lamp posts near the victim's home saying she was a "sl*t", while stalking the young woman for nearly a year.

He made a number of threats towards the woman, including threatening her that he would get a baseball bat and would put a pipe bomb in her front garden.

A court heard that Nesbitt thought he was in love with the woman, and was upset when he learned from a website post that she was in another relationship.

The pair had met at a music class, and his feelings towards her were not reciprocated.

Judge Michael Walsh fined Nesbitt €300 and ordered him to enter into a peace bond for 18 months.

The judge also warned the defendant he is to have no contact, either directly or indirectly with the victim, and to stay away from her family home.

Nesbitt, with an address at Drumfinn Avenue in Ballyfermot, admitted before Dublin District Court to harassing the woman at a location in south west Dublin on dates between January 1 and December 20, 2013.

Sergeant Gail Smith said Nesbitt thought he was in love with the woman, who did not respond to messages he left on her social media web page.

Sgt Smith said Nesbitt threatened he would spray paint everywhere that she was "a sl*t", and when she told him she was not frightened of him he called her a "c*mwh*re", threatened to post pictures of her online and threatened to put a pipe bomb in her garden.

Sgt Smith said Nesbitt also left an animal organ in a glass jar on a gas box outside the victim's home.

A court heard previously heard this was a cow's heart.

The court heard the defendant has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said Nesbitt is a very bright young man and achieved "nearly all As", some 525 points, in his Leaving Certificate.

The court heard the defendant and victim met at a music class, and Ms Bambury said the defendant "thought there was more to it than she did".

She said Nesbitt was "very hurt" when he learned that the woman was in a relationship with another individual.

Ms Bambury said this incident took place 15 months ago, and Nesbitt has not been in contact with the woman since.

She said Nesbitt had ongoing difficulties at the time, and had dropped out of college.

He is currently doing a five week ECDL course in Trinity College.

Judge Walsh refused to leave Nesbitt without a conviction, saying the victim suffered trauma and upset, and the matter went on for a considerable period of time.

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