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A grandmother has been spared jail for lying to GSOC after she posted a lewd Valentine's card containing a g-string and a bullet to a detective in the garda "cold case" unit.

The trial at Dublin District Court heard claims of bullying and harassment in the Serious Crime Review Team which was set up to examine unsolved historic murders.

Julie Conway Browning (50), from Dermot O'Dwyer House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin was found guilty of giving false or misleading information to GSOC.

She had denied being in contact with a garda detective around the time she sent the card to one of his superiors.

But phone records showed there were almost 300 communications between them.

Pleading for leniency, the defence said the mother-of-three has a good work history and no prior criminal convictions.

Judge Smyth spared her a jail term and fined her €500 which must be paid in six months.

She did not give evidence in the trial and was prosecuted by the DPP following a GSOC investigation.

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Judge Smyth heard a complaint was made to GSOC on August 14, 2011 from the wife of Det Sergeant Michael Buckley, a member of the Serious Crime Review Team. Mrs Buckley told GSOC her husband has been subjected to on-going harassment and bullying by two named colleagues, including a Det Gda David O'Brien.

She alleged that in February 2011, her husband, "received an envelope in the post, containing a Valentine's card". Inside the card was poem of a "graphic sexual nature" as well as a "g-string and a bullet".

Mrs Buckley told GSOC she feared for her family's safety.

When questioned, both Ms Conway Browning, who had been identified as the sender, and Det Gda O'Brien stated they had not been in touch with each other since the 1990s.

Ms Conway Browning agreed she had sent the poem and the g-string for a laugh but claimed she did not put a bullet in the envelope. No DNA traces or fingerprints were found.

Det Gda David O'Brien has pleaded not guilty to the same charge and is to go on trial at the district court next year.

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