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O'Brien harassment case: Judge postpones verdict till June 22

Khalid Umar Malik
20 May 2022, 16:57 GMT+10

CO CORK, Ireland - A woman who harassed former TD Jonathan O'Brien called or texted him over 5,500 times, regularly sending him over 100 text messages per day, a court heard.

Sonya Egan, 42, of Lios Cara, Killeens, Blarney, Co Cork, was also charged with falsely claiming on Facebook that the former Cork North Central Sinn Fin TD was bullying her, causing her to lose her baby, and driving her to suicide.

According to the court, Egan did this while privately messaging him to say she loved him and that she "would drop all the claims against him if he gave in to his feelings for her."

Egan pleaded guilty in February to a charge of harassing O'Brien at various locations between January 17 and January 9, 2019.

She also admitted to harassing Laura O'Connell at various locations between April 8, 2018, and June 26, 2019.

She was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, but it was postponed until June 22 so that Judge Helen Boyle could read Mr. O'Brien's victim impact statement and a forensic psychologist's report on Egan.

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