Garda witness denies harassing ‘whistle-blower’ on Christmas Eve
A garda witness has denied that she harassed a “whistle-blower” by phoning him on Christmas Eve to inform him of his court date.
Sean Carraher (55) is on trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for harassing Sergeant Conor Gilmartin by making internet postings alleging the garda was corrupt and had withheld evidence.
He is accused of posting about 50 messages on the websites Rate-Your-Solicitor and Victims of the Legal Profession, alleging, among other things, that Sgt Gilmartin had withheld evidence in a previous case involving the accused. Mr Carraher is also accused of making between ten and 20 calls to Sgt Gilmartin.
Mr Carraher later said it was he who was being harassed by gardaí who were subjecting him to unwarranted arrests. He told investigating gardaí that he was a “whistle-blower” who was using the internet to expose garda corruption.
On day three of his trial, Garda Rosemary Clancy told defence counsel Damien Colgan SC that she had arrested Mr Carraher “at least five times” over allegations that he had harassed his wife and breached court orders.
She agreed that Mr Carraher was convicted six times in relation to these allegations and that five of these were later overturned on appeal. One matter remains outstanding.
Gda Clancy agreed she rang Mr Carraher on December 24th, 2008 to advise him of when he was due in court next. Asked if she thought this was harassment, the garda replied “definitely not.”
Carraher of Stradbrook Hill, Blackrock, Dublin has pleaded not guilty to harassing Sgt Conor Gilmartin between March 2009 and May 2011.
The trial continues on Tuesday before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury. The jury has been told Mr Carraher will be giving evidence in his own defence.