Woman harassed and assaulted ex-partner

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A woman who harassed and assaulted her ex-partner after their nine week relationship ended, has been ordered to complete 100 hours community service.

Shirley Mulherne, of Emerson Street, was also ordered to spend a year on probation by Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer.

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty to common assault, criminal damage and harassment between October 1 and December 31, last year.

She also admitted assaulting her daughter and a nurse in Altnagelvin Hospital in November, last year.

Mulherne admitted a further charge of persistent improper use of communications between December and January, this year.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard the 44-year-old’s ex-partner attended the police station in a distressed state.

He reported that Mulherne had been physically and verbally abusive throughout their nine week relationship.

The man also stated that Mulherne had been harassing him after their relationship ended.

The court heard he had received 200 phone calls from her, 42 voicemail messages and 100 text messages.

It was revealed Mulherne had attempted to push the man down stairs, ‘danced’ on his phone causing scratches and also kicked his car.

She also grabbed him by the throat on one occasion and swung punches at him.

The court was told the 44-year-old posted messages about another man known to her on Facebook, in which she claimed he was a ‘rapist and molester’.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter said the offences were closely linked to her client’s mental health issues.

She said the relationship between Mulherne and her ex was ‘unhealthy’ and fuelled by alcohol.

Ms Coulter told the court they have had no contact since these incidents.

Referring to the incident in the hospital, the barrister said her client is ‘profoundly sorry and ashamed of her behaviour’.