Tuesday 20 November 2018

Man (64) has harassment case adjourned

A 64-year-old man who is accused of harassing a Dundalk businessman has had his case adjourned for a different judge to hear it.

Thomas Maguire, 77 Doolargy Avenue, Muirhevnamór, is also charged with breaches of the peace at Castletown Road on 15 November, 2013; and at Dundalk garda station the next day.

He is charged with harassing Colin Fee between 15 November, 2013 and 11 February, 2014.

Mr. Fee, who operates a number of petrol stations and shops in Dundalk, said Thomas Maguire had cashed cheques in his premises which he said he didn't get paid for.

Colin Fee said he had produced records to prove otherwise.

Mr. Maguire continued to cash cheques with him, and he alleged some time after he wasn't paid for those.

The witness continued that on one occasion he was leaving his house, and a car blocked him from driving out of his driveway.

This vehicle was green in colour, and driven by the defendant. He eventually let him out, but followed him into town.

On 15 November, 2013, after leaving his premises on Castletown Road, Colin Fee said he was stopped at lights when Thomas Maguire tried to pull open the passenger door.

He headed up to the garda station.

Transcripts were handed into court of messages allegedly left by the accused on Mr. Fee's phone.

'He has been threatening us for a long time. He never stops,' added the witness, who said he had to go to the civil court to get an injunction.

His brother, Eugene Fee, verified transcripts of messages left on his phone, relating to Colin.

Garda Enda Brogan testified he was station orderly on 16 November, 2013, when Colin Fee called at 6.05pm, and said he was followed from his home address by Thomas Maguire.

Mr. Maguire also came to the station, and was 'roaring and shouring' and 'not making much sense.'

After briefly hearing from Thomas Maguire, Judge Coughlan said he was going to put the case back for Judge Brennan to hear; because he (Coughlan) had previously heard a portion of the case in relation to the cheques.

'I am satisfied what Thomas Maguire said in relation to being owed money is incorrect.'

The matter was adjourned until 7 December, 2017.

The Argus