Sh aron N í Bhe­oláin’s stalker jailed for three years

Irish Independent - - News - Jes­sica Magee

A MAN who ha­rassed RTÉ news­reader Sharon Ni Bhe­o­lain has been jailed for three years for stalk­ing the broad­caster and pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Conor O’Hora (41), of Heather Walk, Port­marnock, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Cir­cuit Crim­i­nal Court to ha­rass­ing Ms Ni Bhe­o­lain be­tween March 27, 2013, and Jan­uary 7, 2014.

O’Hora, who su­per­im­posed Ms Ni Bhe­o­lain’s head on more than 30 porno­graphic pho­tos, fur­ther pleaded guilty to three counts of know­ingly pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy on a mo­bile phone and on a com­puter hard drive at Sta­tion Road, Port­marnock, on Feb­ru­ary 18, 2014.

The court heard that the ha­rass­ment in­volved post­ing more than 30 mod­i­fied pho­tos of Ms Ní Bhe­oláin on a web­site which was reach­able through a Google search of her name.

The pornog­ra­phy charges in- volved the possession of roughly 100 images of chil­dren and 40 sex­u­ally ex­plicit and vi­o­lent on­line con­ver­sa­tions be­tween O’Hora (left) and a co-ac­cused. Some of the on­line dis­cus­sions re­lated to Ms Ní Bhe­o­lain, while oth­ers re­lated to three iden­ti­fied chil­dren. Pass­ing sen­tence yes­ter­day, Judge Martin Nolan con­demned O’Hora’s “in­sid­i­ous form of ha­rass­ment” and “de­bas­ing be­hav­iour” and handed down a four-and-a-half-year sen­tence, with the fi­nal 18 months sus­pended.

“The in­for­ma­tion on her will be out there for­ever,” said the judge, who also or­dered O’Hora not to seek to con­tact Ms Ní Bhe­o­lain in any way.

“I’ve no doubt it caused con­sid­er­able dis­tress to the com­plainant and her fam­ily. He must have known that.

“It was rep­re­hen­si­ble and he should be thor­oughly ashamed.”

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