RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain stalked for six months
RTE star Sharon Ni Bheolain suffered a six-month ordeal at the hands of a sick stalker.
The RTE newsreader remains “very upset” by the series of threatening e-mails and letters, sources have revealed.
A 37-year-old suspect – who lives in the Portmarnock area – was released from garda custody shortly before 7pm yesterday.
He has denied any involvement in sending dozens of “vile” letters and e-mails to the mum-of-one.
All the correspondence was sent to Ms Ni Bheolain in RTE where the 43-year-old is currently on scheduled leave over the mid-term break.
It is understood that Ms Ni Bheolain made a complaint to gardai a number of weeks before Christmas and gardai were able to trace the suspect from a computer IP address.
“This correspondence includes threats of a deeply graphic sexual nature as well as actual death threats against her,” a source explained.
“This will not be an easy case to prove as this individual did not send emails from his own computer and obviously did not sign his name either – what he was writing was pretty sick and twisted stuff,” the source added.
CCTV is also being looked for as gardai believe that the suspect also posted many of the letters himself.
A file on the case will now be prepared for the DPP with sources saying the matter “requires much more investigation of a technical nature”.
Meanwhile, Sharon (43) has been enjoying a “quiet” break at home with her daughter.
The news anchor is currently on “pre-arranged” holidays from the broadcaster to coincide with 11-year-old Faye’s mid-term break.
RTE confirmed that Sharon has not been at work since the investigation came to light, but the Montrose station passed this off as a coincidence.
“It is the mid-term break and Sharon has a young daughter so the holidays were pre-arranged,” a spokesperson told the Herald.
The broadcaster also confirmed that it was “co-operating with the Garda investigation”, but said that it could not comment further on the issue.
A lockdown has also been placed on Sharon’s RTE colleagues from speaking publicly about the sickening threats, but the newsreader is said to have received a flood of support from her co-workers.
“Sharon is in good form and just getting on with things,” said a source.
The presenter is said to be still in Ireland, but she is keeping alow profile as she spends |some quality time with her young daughter.
Sharon split from her cameraman husband Kevin Cantrell, Faye’s father, in 2005.
Following the split Sharon began a relationship with the vet Finbarr Heslin, whom she has been dating for more than three years.
Despite the lengthy relationship, Sharon recently said that she has no desire to move in with her man and prefers to live alone with Faye.
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