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By DubhEire (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

A Kerryman convicted of intimidating a sex worker into withdrawing criminal allegations against him has been remanded in custody until January for sentencing.

The 40-year old married man sent the woman intimidating texts messages and emails threatening to tell her family and neighbours that she was a prostitute if the charges were not dropped.

A character witness described the offender as a straight and decent man who he was prepared to stand by.
After a six day trial this month a jury found the man guilty of two counts of threatening or putting in fear a witness in a garda investigation on dates between April 29 and May 28, 2010.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not (NOT) guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the charges.

The trial heard that the woman was working as an escort in Dublin when accused man contacted her via the Escorts Ireland website.

The woman said that she had agreed to meet the man for but she said he didn’t pay her. After he left she contacted gardai and made criminal allegations against him.

The court heard that, as gardai made efforts to identify the accused, he began sending intimidating texts to the woman from two other unregistered mobile phone numbers.

The married man has no previous convictions. Senior Counsel, Thomas Creed described his client as a “much loved husband and father” whose wife depended on him as the only breadwinner in the house.

The court heard that the accused man was eventually identified after investigating garda Detective Ronan Conway tracked down 250 IP addresses linked to his Escorts Ireland pseudonym.

Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing to January and remanded the man in custody until then.