Sunday 26 January 2020

Security guard who bombarded ex with calls and texts avoids jail

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

A SECURITY guard, who bombarded his ex-girlfriend with text messages and phone calls after they broke up, has been spared jail sentence for harassment.

Uttman Purmah (41) who is from Mauritius, but now residing at the North Circular Road, in Dublin, pleaded guilty to harassment at Drumkeery, Baileboro, Co. Cavan between Feb. 6 and June 6, 2012.

Judge Alan Mitchell heard at Dublin District Court that the prosecution had been delayed for several years because the accused had returned to Mauritius.

He came back to Ireland this year and was charged.

The court heard he made no reply when charged and that the prosecution's case was that there had been 100 phone calls and texts from him to his former girlfriend.

Their relationship which began in mid-2011 ended in February the following year. Judge Mitchell was told that the messages were not of a threatening nature “just saying he missed her and loved her”.

The victim did not want to address the court or provide a victim impact statement, the judge noted. She also wanted the case finished with as soon as possible, the court heard.

Purmah's solicitor said the accused was anxious to plead guilty.

He had been working as a security guard but is currently unemployed, the court also heard.

Judge Mitchell noted the messages were not of a threatening nature.

He imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it on condition Purmah does not re-offend in the next 18 months.

“I know in a relationship a break-up can be difficult but there is an appropriate way of walking away,” he told Purmah.

He also warned him that gardai are allowed re-enter the matter in the event there are further issues.

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