Tuesday 20 March 2018

Woman fled from lovesick neighbour

Brian McDonald

A 'LOVESICK' man who subjected a woman to a five-month campaign of harassment has avoided an extended jail term.

Michael Furey, inset, has already spent five months in prison after admitting following and pestering his neighbour, Patricia Thompson, and causing her alarm, distress, or harm in Tulsk, Co Roscommon last year.

Furey (26), of Church Road, Tulsk, sent texts and wrote a string of letters to get Ms Thompson's attention between January and June 2013.

A sitting of Roscommon Circuit Court in June heard that he continued to contact Ms Thompson despite her requests to stop, eventually leaving her fearing for her safety and forcing her to leave her home.

He shouted at her, kicked her door, followed her while she was out walking and sent a message that put her in fear – Furey said he would 'pull the rope'.

He had kicked her door and thrown stones at her window after 3am on March 18.

Judge Hunt ordered Furey to live outside Co Roscommon and not to communicate with Ms Thompson or approach within 10 yards of her property.

He sentenced him to two years and six months and suspended the balance of the term following the time already served in prison.

Irish Independent

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