Tuesday 16 January 2018

Ex-lawyer awaits sentence for 'creepy' voicemails

Sonya McLean

A FORMER barrister will be sentenced next week after leaving more than 120 "creepy" and "sexually intimidating" voicemails on a younger colleague's mobile phone.

Paul McLoughlin (50), of North Circular Road, changed his plea to guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after two days of evidence during which the jury heard 62 recording of those messages.

He had initially denied harassing Lorcan Staines (30) between May 1, 2006, and May 14, 2010. McLoughlin has no previous convictions and although he was a barrister at the time, he is no longer practicing.

During the trial last May, the jury heard the voicemail messages which Mr Staines had recorded, some of which repeatedly stated: "I want you to be my boyfriend."

Another said: "You are not available to take my calls, but you are available to play with my emotions."

The phrase "fatal attraction" appeared many times in the messages.

Having listened to the messages for over two hours, Mr Staines became visibly upset, saying he felt he had been "goaded" into taking the case to court.

He repeatedly said he found the behaviour "creepy" and also "sexually intimidating".

Judge Patrica Ryan said she needed to consider the medical reports and testimonials before the court. She adjourned the case to Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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