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Offensive texts sent to mum in city maternity ward, court told

A Dublin man is accused of sending a string of offensive texts to a woman over a two month period.

Jonathan Dempsey (33) is alleged to have sent the string of mobile phone messages while the woman was in a maternity hospital.

Dempsey, of Cedar Brooke Avenue, Cherry Orchard, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with harassment contrary to Section 10 of the Non Fatal Offences Against The Person Act 1997.


The alleged harassment of the woman took place at her former home in Dundrum and at Holles Street Maternity Hospital on numerous dates between June 1 and July 9 2008.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary trial in the District Court.

The alleged injured party has made two statements to gardai in relation to the harassment.

The case was originally before the courts in 2009 but was struck out due to legal reasons, and has since been re-entered.

A statement of the allegations was handed to Judge Ann Ryan to allow her to consider jurisdiction. Sergeant Mary Diskin said it was alleged that a series of text messages was sent by Dempsey to the alleged victim. Judge Ryan said she would accept jurisdiction.

Dempsey, who is not working, was granted free legal aid and solicitor Terence Hanahoe was appointed to represent him.

Sgt Diskin said the statements in relation to the matter were sent by registered post to Mr Hanahoe's office last Friday.

The matter was adjourned to a date in March to allow Dempsey to speak to his solicitor and to consider a plea.