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Dublin mum accused of harassing woman with taxis and pizza

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Ashling McCann
Ashling McCann

A mother has appeared in court charged with harassing another woman for three months after their teenage daughters had engaged in "mild school banter".

Ashling McCann (33) is alleged to have ordered food online and had it delivered to the woman's home, as well as ordering taxis to collect her.

She is also accused of making anonymous silent phone calls from a blocked number to the victim's phone.

The accused, of Oaklands Park, Swords, appeared before Swords District Court charged with more than 30 counts of harassment on dates between September and November last year.

Ms McCann is facing a circuit court trial after a judge refused jurisdiction having heard an outline of the evidence.

Gda Sgt Gerry Holland alleged that Ms McCann made a number of email communications using false details to the injured party through her business website.

Sgt Holland also alleged that she made silent phone calls to the victim.

He said she ordered food online and had it delivered to the victim's address and the first the alleged injured party knew about it was when the food was delivered to her front door.

Sgt Holland further alleged that on a number of occasions Ms McCann ordered a taxi to the victim's address.

He said she only became aware of this when she received text messages to confirm the bookings.

The sergeant alleged the incidents caused "considerable upset" to the injured party, who was friends with the accused for nine years.

Sgt Holland said the harassment arose out of "mild school banter" between the women's daughters, and Ms McCann had "a complete overreaction".

Judge Victor Blake had previously refused jurisdiction, saying the alleged harassment was "not a once-off".

A state solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded Ms McCann on continuing bail to appear before the circuit court later this month.

She has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

As part of her bail conditions, she has been ordered to have no contact, either directly or indirectly, with the alleged injured party.