A company part-owned by two Killarney jarveys has suffered a considerable fall-off in business because of publicity surrounding their ‘scurrilous’ campaign of harassment against a couple.
Civil proceedings are also pending against Michael and Paul Tangney, who were ordered to pay €15,000 in compensation and €5,000 to the court poor box, Tralee District Court has heard.
A third man, Kevin Counihan, a former employee turned whistleblower, has paid €1,200 in compensation and poor box contributions.
Forty-one-year-old Paul Tangney of 18 Muckross Close and his 27-year-old brother Michael of 10B Muckross Close had denied harassing Michael and Julia Sweetman on dates unknown between May 9th and May 25th, 2010.
Around 250 emails were sent to the couple, who operate a rival company, as well as a huge amount of prank phone calls.
The couple, who don’t have children, were signed up to a fertility clinic and Mr Sweetman had been signed up to a credit card, and dating websites; including gay sites.
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.
The court heard the Tangneys owned eight of the 37 jarvey licences operating from Killarney town centre.
The campaign against the Sweetmans began after Mr Sweetman joined the newly established jarvey co-operative.
Judge James O’Connor convicted all three in November but adjourned his decision on whether to jail them to see if compensation would be paid.
He said the harassment had been ‘scurrilous’ and born out of greed.
Kerry County Council, which issues the jarvey licences, maintained a watching brief in court.
Judge O’Connor remanded the defendants on bail until December 21st to see the progress of the civil action.