| 3.6°C Dublin

Nurse who sent sinister texts in 'new bail breach'

A NURSE who harassed a businessman with "sinister" text messages has breached her bail again by contacting him 89 times in the last week, it has been alleged.

Elizabeth Tamayo (50) could have her bail revoked for the second time after a court heard she had continued to call and send the victim text messages despite swearing before a judge that she would leave the man alone.

Her case was adjourned after Dublin District Court heard the State was to make an application to revoke her bail.

Tamayo, of Lohunda Road, Clonsilla, had been convicted in February this year of harassing Thomas Cullen on dates between August 2006 and May 2009, after a contested hearing.

At the time, she was granted bail pending sentencing but went on to send him another 590 text messages in one month alone. She had her bail revoked, but it was reinstated last week when she gave a sworn undertaking not to contact Mr Cullen again.

But the court heard yesterday that she had called him another 38 times and sent him 51 texts.

The State solicitor told judge Aeneas McCarthy of the alleged fresh bail breaches. The court heard Mr Cullen would have to return to court to give evidence of the alleged contact from Tamayo. The case was adjourned for another week and the accused was remanded on continuing bail.

The court heard previously Mr Cullen had received a series of mostly "gibberish" texts in July, but also several more "sinister" messages that referred to his death.

He said the texting went on 24 hours a day and even happened while he was paying his respects at the wake of the late former Attorney General Rory Brady.



prison

When he agreed to reinstate bail, Judge McCarthy had remarked that if a man had harassed a woman in the same way, he would "certainly be in prison".

Mr Cullen had said the messages resumed two weeks after Tamayo's conviction and in July alone, the accused sent him a total of 590 texts.

Some, of a "sinister nature" stated, "you are crying for your death", "a smile on the curse of your hands to masturbate" and "wish you to your death, it's a perfect combination".

Some "nonsensical" messages stated "cooking dinner" and "going to bed".

Mr Cullen also received around 10 voice messages a day.

aphelan@herald.ie


Privacy