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Farm worker obsessed with older women sent nuisance texts and stalked mum of four, court hears

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Conor Haugh (Pic: Irish Independent)
Conor Haugh (Pic: Irish Independent)

A 22-year-old farm worker from west Clare became obsessed with an older woman, a court heard.

Conor Haugh pleaded guilty to harassing a 43-year-old mother of four between February 2014 and January 5th this year.

"I think you’re a MILF. I saw you over the summer with your tanned body. Very hot," Haugh wrote in a text to the woman, Garda Adrian Cosgrove told Ennis District Court.

The officer said the victim was not the only woman to receive texts from Haugh, claiming that further investigations discovered that he had been sending messages to multiple women in the area and one in Kerry.

The typical profile of the ladies is that they were in their 40s and 50s, married women with children, said the garda.

“I have texted since 2009 and I have liked you since you drove the 06 Renault, that is how much I like you. Last year, I followed you over to Ennis one Saturday and back to your home place," Haugh wrote in another message to the woman.

Garda Cosgrove said "this text is what really put the frighteners on the victim".

Yvonne Quinn BL, defending, said Mr Haugh told gardai: "I just like her, I fancy her. I would never do anything to her or anything like that. I just want to be friends with her - no more than that."

Haugh was first arrested in relation to the harassment last November, but after getting bail the victim “started noticing Haugh on the road repeatedly”, according to Garda Cosgrove.

He said: “She believed he was following her.”

"The victim was becoming afraid to go out. She had her four children and they had come to the point of knowing the car being driven by Conor Haugh."

Gda Cosgrove said the woman recalled when bringing home her children from school in early January of this year, Haugh “was on a bridge walking towards me waving like he wanted me to stop”.

Prosecutor Stephen Coughlan said Haugh’s obsession continued in jail where he attempted to phone his victim and he also wrote a letter to her.

Judge Gerard Keys, at Ennis District Court, freed Mr Haugh on bail until October 5 to undergo a number of reports under the supervision of the Probation Service to address his problems. He ordered Haugh not go within one mile of his victim's home.