€15,000 compensation to be paid to Killarney couple subjected to harassment

Two Killarney jarveys who engaged in a campaign of harassment against a couple have been ordered to pay compensation of 15,000 euro. Gavel 2 As part of the order at Killarney District Court Judge James O’Connor ordered the pair pay over 5,000 euro to the court poor box. 27 year old Michael Tangney of 10B Muckross Close Killarney and 41 year old Paul Tangney of 18 Muckross Close Killarney had denied harassing Michael and Julia Sweetman on dates unknown between 9th May 2010 and May 25th 2010. The Sweetmans operate Killarney Horse and Carriage Co-op. Around 250 emails were sent to the couple, a huge amount of prank phone calls were made to them in the middle of the night, false bookings were made, and the couple, who don’t have children were signed up to a fertility clinic. Mr Sweetman had been signed up to a credit card, and dating websites; including gay sites. A former employee of the Tangneys, Kevin Counihan, aged 34, of Apartment 1 High Street, Killarney, had pleaded guilty to the charge and had also acted as a whistleblower, a previous court was told. Solicitor acting for Paul Tangney Dan O’Connor said the matter which started as a prank spiralled out of control. Judge James O’Connor said greed was behind the “scurrilous” harassment which amounted to bullying and would have left a mental scar on the Sweetmans and would have the potential to strain their marriage and jarvey business. Judge O’Connor had threatened to jail the brothers. However after an offer of compensation of  15,000 euro – 7,500  euro per man – by December 15th, as well as a total sum of five thousand to the court poor box, Judge O’Connor said he was willing to look at a possible  suspended sentence.