Swords District Court

A Swords woman has appeared in court charged with harassment for allegedly sending pizzas and taxis to another woman.
Ashling McCann (33) of Oaklands Park Swords, is alleged to have ordered food online and had it delivered to the woman’s home, as well as ordering taxis to collect her for three months after their teenage daughters had engaged in “mild school banter”.
She is also accused of making anonymous silent phone calls from a blocked number to the victim’s phone.
Appearing at Swords District Court, Ms McCann is charged with more than 30 counts of harassment between September and November of 2015.
The accused has not yet entered a plea to the charges but is facing a circuit court trial after a judge refused jurisdiction having heard an outline of the evidence.
Gda Sgt Gerry Holland alleged that Ms McCann made a number of email communications using false details to the injured party through her business website and alleged that she made silent phone calls to the victim.
He said that Ms McCann ordered food online and had it delivered to the victim’s address and the first the injured party knew about it was when the food arrived at her front door.
Sgt Holland further alleged that on a number of occasions Ms McCann ordered a taxi to the victim’s address and that she only became aware of this when she received text messages to confirm the bookings.
Sgt Holland said the harassment arose out of “mild school banter” between the women’s daughters, and Ms McCann had “a complete overreaction” and caused “considerable upset” to the injured party with whom she had been friends for nine years previously.
Judge Victor Blake had previously refused jurisdiction, saying the alleged harassment was “not a once-off”.
A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded Ms McCann on continuing bail to appear before the circuit court later this month.
As part of her bail conditions, Ms McCann has been ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party.