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Man left a cow's heart at woman's door, court hears


Criminal Courts of Justice

Criminal Courts of Justice

Criminal Courts of Justice

A DUBLIN man is alleged to have left a cow's heart in a jar outside a former friend's house while subjecting her to threats and harassment for nearly a year, a court has heard.

Stephen Nesbitt (30) also allegedly sent images to the woman of cuts to his own arms and made threats that he would "post indecent photographs."

Dublin District Court was told their friendship had ended in acrimony over a relationship the alleged victim had with somebody else.

The case against Mr Nesbitt was adjourned when he appeared at Dublin District Court.

Judge Patricia McNamara said she wanted to read a statement by the alleged victim before proceeding with the case.

The accused, with an address at Drumfinn Avenue, Ballyfermot, is charged with harassing the woman at a location in south west Dublin on dates between January 1 and December 20, 2013.

The charge is under Section 10 the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

The judge was told the DPP had consented summary disposal of the case. This means it can be heard at district court level if the presiding judge accepts jurisdiction to deal with it.

If jurisdiction is refused, the case can be sent for trial by judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Outlining the allegations, Sgt Niall Murphy said the accused and the woman had been friends for some time and there had been "earlier acrimony in relation to a relationship the injured party had with a third party, not the defendant."


In January 2013, the accused thought the woman was still in this relationship and he allegedly sent messages and made threats to her.

He allegedly sent her pictures of himself having cut his arms and made a reference to her being brought "back down to his level".

He allegedly "threatened to post indecent photographs" and it was further alleged that he left a cow's heart in a jar outside her house, the sergeant said, "making reference to the accused's behaviour previously".

Judge McNamara asked if the alleged victim had made a statement. There was none available to the court and she said she wanted to read this before deciding on whether to accept jurisdiction.

She adjourned the case to a date in October and said she would decide on that date.

Mr Nesbitt's lawyer consented to the adjournment. The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead.