Woman ‘terrified’ as former partner breaches Court Order

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppA court has heard a woman was “terrified” when her former partner breached a Non-Molestation Order. Michael O’Toole (42), of Shanlea Drive in Larne, had contacted her by phone. At one stage, the court was told, O’Toole sounded drunk and said he was coming round to her house. The woman told police she was “terrified” […]

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Ballymena Courthouse

A court has heard a woman was “terrified” when her former partner breached a Non-Molestation Order.

Michael O’Toole (42), of Shanlea Drive in Larne, had contacted her by phone.

At one stage, the court was told, O’Toole sounded drunk and said he was coming round to her house.

The woman told police she was “terrified” of O’Toole.

He was arrested and admitting making the calls but claimed he had called his former partner to ask her if she was ok and to arrange to pick up his passport and clothing.

He said he only wanted his items back and had not intended to harass her.

Defence solicitor Ciaran Shiels said his client “genuinely didn’t believe he was causing the level of distress being conveyed” and wished to apologise.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on December 20, District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “What makes this matter serious is he is in breach of a Court Order and secondly it had quite a significant impact on the complainant, that is evident in her Victim Impact Statement”.

The defendant was given a four months prison term, suspended for two years, and a two year Restraining Order was also imposed.

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