A mother-of-two who was stalked by a former work colleague said she owes her life to gardai after a man was caught on CCTV brandishing a crowbar outside her home, after leaving a menacing letter threatening to rape her and her daughter.
Speaking on RTE’s 'Claire Byrne Live’ on Monday, Una Ring from Youghal, Co Cork, spoke of the terrifying ordeal she underwent last year at the hands of former colleague James Steele.
She had a CCTV camera installed which recorded him leaving a letter on the windscreen of her car threatening to rape her and her daughter after her car tyres had been painted pink and her windows were daubed with black Xs and Os with the message “I win.”
Gardai, meanwhile, had been staking out her home and arrested Steele the following night when he could be seen on camera approaching her home with a crowbar in his hand.
James Steele (52) of Roscarberry, Co Cork, was jailed for five years last week for a campaign of stalking and harassment against Ms Ring. He was arrested after a special surveillance operation was set up around Ms Ring’s home and he was found to be in possession of duct tape, rope and a crowbar.