Curoe, of Belfast, was handed |
a two-year restraining order because of messages
written about her ex and his new partner
A scorned partner has been warned not to mention her ex or his new girlfriend online or face five years in jail. Maureen Curoe, of Belfast, was handed a two-year restraining order because of messages written about Adrian McAleese and Yvonne Hegarty since they split up three years ago.
Curoe, 40, appearing at at Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday, was was told by judge Liam McNally: 'It is now time for these messages to stop'. He imposed a restraining order stopping her or anyone she knows posting messages about Mr McAleese or Ms Hegarty on social media so all three parties could get on with their lives. But the judge did throw out charges that Curoe had sent 'menacing' messages on Facebook, saying although she sent them he did not consider them threatening.
The court heard that she had a nine year relationship with the victim until they split around three years ago. Last year Curoe pleaded guilty to sending obscene messages about Ms Hegarty on Facebook. She was spared jail on that occasion, again by Judge McNally, and given a four-month suspended sentence because she was pregnant. At a hearing last week Mr McAleese said that Curoe had made false allegations about his behaviour while they were together and also claimed that his new partner was called a 'sick b****'.
According to Curoe's defence team she claimed that the messages were sent from a fake Facebook account. Defence barrister Ben Thompson said that this account had been set up by the couple to force his client to breach her suspended sentence and get her jailed, which they denied.
|Court order: Curoe was handed a restraining order stopping her or anyone she knows posting messages about partner of nine years Adrian McAleese and Yvonne Hegarty|
Judge McNally decided that the messages were sent by the accused but said they did not pass the test to be classed as menacing. But he did give her a restraining order banning her from mentioning the couple, or their history, online for the next two years. If she breaches it she faces five years in jail.
As she left court Curoe posed for a photograph but refused to discuss her case.
She said she was 'saying nothing at the minute, taking no chances, saying nothing, leave it in the hands of my solicitor'. Mr McAleese and Ms Hegarty did not comment as they left court.