Ex-teacher who posted acid to preg­nant so­cial worker is jailed

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Ross Mc­Carthy Court Re­porter Domh­nall Rooney

AFORMER teacher has been jailed for post­ing sul­phuric acid to a preg­nant so­cial worker as part of a sick­en­ing hate cam­paign.

Domh­nall Rooney sent acid from his car bat­tery with a birth­day card and a note say­ing it would go on her “face and fam­ily” un­less she “backed off ”.

The 36-year-old had a “deep ha­tred” of the vic­tim and wanted to put the “fear of God” into her after a dis­pute, Birm­ing­ham Crown Court heard.

He also put up posters bear­ing the vic­tim’s pic­ture in the area where he be­lieved she lived, brand­ing her a “pae­dophile sup­plier of chil­dren”.

Rooney, of Po­plar Av­enue, Edg­bas­ton, was jailed for three years after he had pre­vi­ously been con­victed of putting the woman in fear of vi­o­lence through ha­rass­ment.

His fright­en­ing four-month cam­paign be­gan in Feb­ru­ary 2015 when he emailed po­lice, sug­gest­ing that a child linked to the so­cial worker had been abused.

He then sent the vic­tim a “vile” mes­sage say­ing he could see her from his at­tic – and had hacked her emails.

Rooney also told her: “You don’t know what I am go­ing to do, and I mean that in the nicest way.”

He posed as Mid­land-based pae­dophile-hunter Stin­son Hunter to send hun­dreds of emails to schools and coun­cil de­part­ments, al­leg­ing the so­cial worker was a “so­cio­pathic abuser of chil­dren”.

The vic­tim said in a state­ment that her or­deal left her afraid to go to work or be at home alone.

She said she found the emails “hu­mil­i­at­ing and dis­gust­ing” and ad­mit­ted that she had ques­tioned her fu­ture as a so­cial worker.

Rooney was banned from con­tact­ing the vic­tim as well as Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil’s so­cial ser­vices and le­gal ser­vices de­part­ments.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Judge Mel­bourne In­man QC told him: “What you did was wholly un­ac­cept­able.

“She was do­ing a pub­lic ser­vice as part of her job.

“Those who do that need the pro­tec­tion of the court from those who would seek to frighten them.”

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