A WOMAN falsely accused her partner's estranged wife of being a child abuser in a series of obscene, menacing voicemails when she "flipped" over a newspaper article that had been written about her.
Lorraine Gallinagh (40) had an article published about her and believed her partner's ex was the source when she made the enraged calls, leaving the unfounded child abuse accusation in an answering service message.
Dublin District Court heard she left 12 messages for the victim and another six for the woman's mother over the course of two days.
At the time, Gallinagh was upset about serious allegations contained in the report in a Sunday paper which her defence maintained was defamatory and an invasion of her privacy.
Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned sentencing and said she wanted to hear more detail of what the accused had said in the messages.
Gallinagh, with an address at Rowen Glen, Athlumney Wood, Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to two counts of sending telephone messages of a grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing nature at an address at Navan Road, Dublin on March 24 and 25, 2012.
The court heard the victim, Priscilla Grainger went to Cabra garda station on the first date and said she had been receiving abusive phone calls from Gallinagh, who had called her a child abuser.
In the course of the conversation with the gardai, her phone continued to ring and a total of 12 missed calls and voice messages were received. The following day, Ms Grainger's mother received six missed calls and abusive voice messages.
The following May 10, Gallinagh attended the garda station and made a voluntary cautioned statement in which she admitted making the calls.
The defendant's only previous convictions were for motoring offences. The court heard there was no longer any contact between the parties.
She accepted her behaviour was inappropriate and it was out of character.
Gallinagh, who was self-employed, just wanted to "get on with her life".