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Man forced to flee to UK from ex-lover, court told

A MAN was forced to leave the country due to the attention of his infatuated former lover, a court heard.

At Ennis District Court, Gda Margaret Leahy said that the Clare man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was forced to leave Ireland for England last August due to the attention of former air hostess Siobhan Downes.

Downes was appearing after allegedly breaching a Protection Order last October 3 by going to the home of her former boyfriend.

Downes (35), of Childers Road, Ennis, has already spent 10 days in jail over the charge when she was remanded in custody to Limerick prison in October.

She avoided jail at Judge Patrick Durcan's court last September for six separate Protection Order breaches since February 2013 that she had pleaded guilty to, only after agreeing to be admitted for psychiatric treatment.

Judge Durcan said Downes "has caused huge distress to this man and offended against court orders".


He said: "I do accept that it is a very unusual and very sad case and Ms Downes has come through a very difficult period. I believe that Ms Downes is a very decent woman."

Solicitor Turlough Herbert said Downes "has also been subject to a high level of adverse media attention".

Gda Leahy said Downes has not been near the family home of the victim or come to the attention of gardai since October 3.

She said she spoke to the victim last August and "he has made no complaints or the family have made no complaints since".

Mr Herbert said that the latest probation report on Downes "is a good report". He said that the bulk of the charges were amassed when Downes "was on a particular medication and it is very important for my client that the court is aware of that".

Judge Durcan said he would adjourn the case for finalisation to at Ennis District Court on April 9 when the victim or the victim's family would give evidence.