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Leitrim woman avoids jail for 'campaign of harassment' against school principal

Mar 3, 2022 13:03 By Shannonside News
Leitrim woman avoids jail for 'campaign of harassment' against school principal Leitrim woman avoids jail for 'campaign of harassment' against school principal
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The incidents occurred over the course of number of months.

A Leitrim woman who was responsible for a 'campaign of harassment' against a local school principal has received a suspended sentence from a Roscommon Court.

Martina Healy of Allen View House, Corry, Drumkeeran was given 6 months in jail with that sentence suspended for 2 years at Roscommon Circuit Criminal Court this week.

Ms. Healy was found guilty of sending 'a flood' of letters to the victim over the course of a number of months following a trial in July of last year.

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The letters contained complaints and accusations relating to how an incident involving the accused's daughter was handled by the school that the victim oversaw at the time.

The court heard that the letters eventually followed the principal of the well-known secondary school when he began working at another school in the county.

Appearing before Judge Francis Comerford this week, it was put forward that Ms. Healy ignored all efforts to cease the harassment including solicitor's letters and Garda warnings before criminal charges were brought forward and a jury found her guilty.

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Ms. Healy's history of community activism and lack of previous convictions did warrant some mitigation according to the judge in relation to her suspended jail sentence.

Judge Comerford also banned her from talking to or about the victim for the next 30 years via any and all methods of communication, with any breach of this order to be considered a criminal offence.

 

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