30 Sept 2022

Derry man jailed at city's Magistrate's Court for harassing former partner

Derry courthouse
A man who contacted his former partner by text and phone calls in breach of his bail terms has been jailed at Derry Magistrate's Court. John O'Kane (56), of Bishop Street in Derry, admitted a charge of harassment that occurred on 30 December. The court was told that at 4.55am the injured party contacted police to say she had received texts and phone calls from O'Kane in breach of his bail. These messages and calls were abusive insulting the woman and calling her names, the court heard. The court was told police went to the defendant's bail address and were unable to gain entry and at just after 5.30 that evening they were contacted again by the woman who said that she had received more messages, up to 30 texts, from the same number. The woman was said to be 'highly distressed' O'Kane was arrested later that night and when interviewed admitted sending the messages and added he thought they were making an attempt to reconcile and an issue had arisen which he felt had to be dealt with. Defence counsel Sinead Rogan told the court the last entry in the defendant's record involved the same injured party. She said the messages while some were obscene they were not threatening. O'Kane was sentenced to three months in prison.

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