Tralee court hears man charged with harassment made 93 calls and sent 47 texts in one night

Tralee District Court has heard a man charged with harassment made 93 calls and sent 47 texts in one night.

43-year-old Donal Tobin of Bawnboy, Tralee had pleaded guilty to the harassment of Kieran Burke, arising from incidents which occurred over three dates in January and February of this year at Tubridmore, Ardfert.

Tralee District Court heard Mr Tobin and the injured party were surf instructors at a Kerry beach when it was reported to Kerry County Council that the accused was not a qualified instructor.

On the 7th January of this year, the injured party’s phone rang at 2:30am; five-and-a-half hours later, Mr Tobin had called 93 times, sent 47 texts and 20 voicemails.

The voicemails and texts included threats, including the accused saying “you’re dead” and “you’re going to get it.”

Further calls and texts were received on the 31st January and the 6th of February.

When referencing the accused’s previous convictions for harassment-related offences, Judge David Waters said it’s mind boggling that Mr Tobin committed a similar offence again, despite being given the benefit of the Probation Act previously.

He queried if a “more serious penalty was required to drive it home”.

Mr Tobin’s solicitor Rory O’Halloran told the court his client co-operated with gardaí and has tried to make amends by handing over €500 in compensation.

Judge Waters fined Mr Tobin €400 and directed that he have no contact with the injured party through any means for a period of 12 months.