Thursday 26 April 2018

Pictured: Man (40) charged with harassing RTE's Sharon Ni Bheolain and possessing child pornography

Conor O’Hora (40) appeared in court today accused of harassing Sharon Ni Bheolain as well as two counts of having child pornography “images and text conversations”.
Conor O’Hora (40) appeared in court today accused of harassing Sharon Ni Bheolain as well as two counts of having child pornography “images and text conversations”.
RTÉ newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man has been charged with harassing RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain and possession of child pornography.

Conor O’Hora (40) appeared in court today accused of harassing the newsreader over several months three years ago, as well as two counts of having child pornography “images and text conversations”.

He is facing trial on the charges and his case was adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge Michael Walsh granted him bail subject to conditions after hearing there were no garda objections.

Mr O’Hora, with an address at Heather Walk, Portmarnock, is charged with one count of harassing Sharon Ni Bheolain on dates between October 20, 2013 and February 16, 2014.

He is also charged with possessing text conversations and images of child pornography on the same dates.

The offences are alleged to have happened at various locations within the State.

A detective garda sergeant from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told the court he arrested the accused at Infirmary Road near the Criminal Courts of Justice at 10.37am.

20/10/17 Conor O Hora 40, from Heather Walk, Portmarnock, pictured leaving Dublin District Court today he was charged with three offences.He is accused of one count of harassing RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain on dates between October 20, 2013 and February 16, 2014.Pic Collins Courts
20/10/17 Conor O Hora 40, from Heather Walk, Portmarnock, pictured leaving Dublin District Court today he was charged with three offences.He is accused of one count of harassing RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain on dates between October 20, 2013 and February 16, 2014.Pic Collins Courts

“In relation to all charges after caution, the accused had nothing to say,” the gda sgt said.

He was handed copies of the charge sheets.

The court heard the DPP had directed trial on indictment on all charges, but a signed plea of gulity will be accepted in the district court if that arises.

Mr O’Hora has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.

Conor O’Hora (40) appeared in court charged with harassing RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain and possession of child pornography.
Conor O’Hora (40) appeared in court charged with harassing RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain and possession of child pornography.

Judge Walsh granted bail in the accused’s own bond of €1,000 with no cash lodgment required.

Conditions are that the accused continues to reside at his home address, notifies the garda of any change of address and has no contact directly or indirectly with the alleged victim or anyone involved in the investigation.

He must also keep the peace and be of good behaviour, the judge said.

The judge granted free legal aid after Mr O’Hora’s solicitor Philip Hannon handed a statement of the accused’s financial means in to court.

The gda sgt said he was aware of this and had no objections to legal aid.

Judge Walsh read out the bail conditions to the defendant and asked: “are you going to give me an undertaking to do that?”

“I am, your honour,” he replied.

The judge adjourned the case to December 1, for the preparation of a book of evidence. He told Mr Hannon the usual reporting restrictions applied in relation to children, and "otherwise, the matter will be treated like any other case."

Mr O’Hora, dressed in a pink shirt, grey jumper and dark trousers did not address the court during the brief proceedings.

Ms Ni Bheolain was not required to be present in court for the case.

The charges are under the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person and the Child Trafficking and Pornography Acts.

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