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'Incompetent useless hobbit': Garda accused of sending abusive letters to partner's ex-wife

Garda Eve Doherty has been accused of sending insulting and abusive communications to the solicitor’s mobile phone.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
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THE NEIGHBOURS OF a woman allegedly harassed by a garda have told a jury about posters found around their estate accusing her of corruption and branding them drug dealers.

Eve Doherty (49), a garda based in Dublin, denies harassing Elizabeth Howlin between September 2011 and March 2013 and making false statements claiming Howlin was perverting the course of justice.

At the time Howlin worked as a directing officer with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). She told the jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that she was involved in deciding whether or not to direct prosecutions in criminal cases.

Howlin said that over an 18 month period, abusive letters and emails were sent to her home, her place of work and to her GP calling Howlin a “corrupt bi**h” and an “incompetent useless hobbit”.

The material made claims that Howlin, who is a distant cousin of the TD Brendan Howlin, was a political appointee and that she would “pull” files to prevent the prosecution of anyone connected to her or the Government.

Howlin said that all the allegations were untrue but that the material contained personal details that were true. She said the material was very upsetting and affected her confidence and peace of mind.

In March 2012 a resident of the estate in Blackrock, Dublin where Howlin lives found A4 sized posters around the estate which had photographs of Howlin and Brendan Howlin on them.

The poster contained allegations about Howlin’s neighbours, the Martins, describing them as drug dealers and claiming they were best friends with Howlin. The poster further claimed that Howlin had used inappropriate influence to protect the family from prosecution.

Pat Martin told the trial that his family were not drug dealers. He said his son was charged previously with a minor offence of possession of cannabis and was prosecuted for this offence.

He said Howlin had no involvement with his son’s case. He said his family were “absolutely traumatised” after gardaí had come to his family home with a search warrant.

He said he knew that Howlin worked for the DPP and his wife called her to ask her for the number of a solicitor. He said they didn’t ask Howlin for any advice.

Martin said allegations that there was a large seizure of drugs at his home were absolutely untrue.

Patricia Martin said that her son pleaded guilty to the offence. She agreed with Michael O’Higgins SC, defending, that the case was struck out and there was no conviction recorded.

He said he was not suggesting that Howlin had any part to play in that.

Doherty is charged with harassment of Howlin and with making a false statement on 1 March 2012 and 31 March 2012 claiming Howlin attempted to pervert the course of justice. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The trial continues before Judge Melanie Greally and a jury.

Comments have been closed as the case is ongoing.

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Declan Brennan

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