Man who harassed woman he met on Plenty of Fish dating site avoids jail

He turned up outside her house, left an Easter egg to her workplace, and put a cheque for a thousand euro into her letterbox

25/01/2022 18:00:00

He turned up outside her house, left an Easter egg to her workplace, and put a cheque for a thousand euro into her letterbox

A widower who harassed a woman he met on a dating site has avoided a jail term for this, making threats to kill and smearing his garda cell with blood.

She accepted that McCormack was previously of good character and a productive member of society.Judge Sheahan noted from various medical reports before the court, including from his treating psychiatrist, that McCormack had a pre-existing depressive disorder which was exasperated by the death of his wife in 2018.

The reports concluded that McCormack has been taking his medication and engaging with his recommended therapies and has since gained insights into his behaviour, expressing his remorse to the victim and gardaíJudge Sheahan imposed concurrent sentences totally two years and eight months, but suspended them in full for five years and six months. She said she was suspending the sentence for a significant length of time in order to ensure the protection of the victim.

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Judge Elma Sheahan acknowledged that while there was no victim impact statement before the court, Gda Conroy had indicated that the woman had experienced very real fear and was disturbed by McCormack’s behaviour. She accepted that McCormack was previously of good character and a productive member of society. Judge Sheahan noted from various medical reports before the court, including from his treating psychiatrist, that McCormack had a pre-existing depressive disorder which was exasperated by the death of his wife in 2018. The reports concluded that McCormack has been taking his medication and engaging with his recommended therapies and has since gained insights into his behaviour, expressing his remorse to the victim and gardaí Judge Sheahan imposed concurrent sentences totally two years and eight months, but suspended them in full for five years and six months. She said she was suspending the sentence for a significant length of time in order to ensure the protection of the victim. The sentence was suspended on various conditions including that McCormack not make any contact with the victim by any means either by messaging, calls or going to her home or work place. McCormack must also continue to attend his GP and psychiatrist and take his medication and attend for therapy as directed by his treating doctors. Judge Sheahan warned McCormack that “even a text” could lead to a breach of the conditions of the suspended sentence and thereby led to the imposition of the sentence. She also advised that he give permission to his GP and psychiatrist to alert the gardaí if he fails to comply with the treatment as recommended. Download the Sunday World app Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on