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A Kerryman who intimidated a sex worker into withdrawing criminal allegations against him has been sentenced to three years with the last 18 months suspended.

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The 40-year-old married father sent the woman texts, messages and emails calling her a whore.

He threatened 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 whom he was prepared to stand by.

After a six day trial last December, 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 29th and May 28th, 2010.

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