A LIMERICK MAN has entered a guilty plea to harassing a Fine Gael member of parliament.
Glin, Co Limerick resident Gerard Culhane (43) pleaded guilty at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to harassing Jennifer Carroll MacNeill TD at various locations throughout the state between January 13 and March 26, 2020. Culhane was arrested in Glin and charged with harassment.
A victim impact statement was requested by Pieter Le Vert BL, the prosecutor, and the court agreed. He stated that the accused had indicated that he intended to enter a guilty plea well in advance of today’s appearance.
In his defence, Karl Monahan BL stated that Culhane’s solicitor had scheduled an appointment for his client with a psychologist, and that he anticipated that a report will be ready within eight weeks of the appointment.
The attorney, Monahan, stated that his client had no prior convictions and requested that the court seek a report from the Probation Department.
The probation report was ordered by Judge Melanie Greally, who agreed to do so. It was ordered that Culhane be remanded on continued bail and that the matter be heard again on May 11, next.
Detective Sergeant Rachel Kilpatrick told Dn Laoghaire District Court in November that communications sent via the Facebook app included films of “sexually graphic content” from a porn website featuring a male masturbating. Kilpatrick was sentenced to two years in prison.
Carroll MacNeill’s photograph had previously been made public, and Detective Sergeant Kilpatrick stated that the public representative and Culhane were not acquainted on a personal level with one another. Ms Carroll MacNeill, according to Judge Watkin, would have experienced a traumatic and frightening experience.
He is required to sign in at a local Garda station every week as part of the terms of his release, as well as notify authorities if his residence or employment information changes.
They were also transmitted on the same domain, and some of the conversations contained references to forthcoming events in her personal life, in the form of “emojis and kisses.”