No more letters to alleged victim - judge orders

A judge has ordered that a man accused of assaulting a woman should not send any more letters to her from prison.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as it was alleged 37-year-old Martin McShane has been writing to his alleged victim whilst he is remanded in custody.

McShane, of Kular Court, William Street, is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage and making a threat to kill.

The charges relate to an alleged incident on April 4.

Opposing a bail application, an investigating officer said the woman believes the 37-year-old is trying to intimidate her by sending her the letters.

The officer told the court police have received eight complaints of domestic incidents in the last year, however many of these were withdrawn and the complainant alleges McShane “coerced her to do this”.

She said police were opposed to bail because they believe McShane will try to interfere with the witness. The officer also objected to a proposed bail address in the Glen area, because it is a short distance away from the alleged injured party’s address.

Defence solicitor Seamus Quigley told the court there was no other address available to his client.

District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail for fear of interference with witnesses. 
He said: “There really has to be something put in place so the Prison Service can prevent defendants writing to their victims.

“I would direct that no further letters be allowed to be sent to the alleged injured party.”

McShane was remanded in custody and will appear in court again on July 4.