A man who denies harassing the mother of his child on a series of occasions between April and August this year and claims the woman had approached him, was convicted of harassment at Dundalk District Court last week.
Judge Flann Brennan told Mark Williams (43) with an address at Hazelcourt, Bay Estate that he was delusional and the only reason he was not remanding him in custody is because he’s a carer for his parents.
The woman outlined a series of incidents to the court where she said the defendant had harassed her at her own home, her mother’s house, in the motor tax office and in two different shops where she had been working.
She also told how the accused had chased her in her car, as she returned from her now two and a half year old son’s birthday party and had followed her into the car park at Dundalk Shopping Centre, before she drove to the nearby garda station.
A customer from one of the shops gave evidence of the accused shouting in the door and that when she’d accompanied the complainant to court, she’d seen Mark Williams kick the woman’s leg and nudge her shoulder as he left the district court.
The complainant told the court “It’s just been a nightmare from morning to night”. She added that she lives in her house with the blinds pulled and she had to leave her job because the intimidation saying “It’s been horrendous, just horrendous”.
When the defence solicitor said that the final resolution in relation to access to the child has been held up because of the criminal case the woman replied “I think he’s been given a considerable amount of chances – he’s broken every condition that has been set”.
The defendant denied touching the woman in court or deliberately following her and claimed that the woman had parked beside his van in the Marshes Shopping Centre.
He claimed she had followed him in relation to the Dundalk Shopping Centre incident.
He said he was in a new relationship and wants nothing to do with the woman.
Referring to a letter sent by the accused to his ex in July, Judge Flann Brennan asked Mark Williams “Why all these apologies in this letter – if youv’e done nothing wrong?”
He also told him look at this photo – you’re clearly following her”.
The judge said Mark Williams is delusioned, devious and self righteous and believes everything he says is right “I don’t know what is wrong with him”.
He added the letter was full of apologies for behaviour which he denies and said he is making the woman’s life hell and thinks he can get away with anything.
The judge said he was satisfied beyond any doubt that the accused had kicked the woman in court and added that CCTV stills showed him following her car in the shopping centre car park.
Judge Brennan said the only reason why he was not remanding him in custody was because he is a carer for his elderly parents. He adjourned the case to tomorrow (Tuesday) for a Probation report.