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School of hard rocks Man put through 'sheer hell' by woman (77) who flung stones at him and priest as they inspected old school

"Fr Glynn burned rubber. For a sick man he jumped over the wall of the school, jumped into his car, burned rubber and drove into our driveway and was shaking with fear"

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The local church has been targeted with graffiti

The local church has been targeted with graffiti

Nancy Meers threw rocks as the buyers and the parish priest inspected the property

Nancy Meers threw rocks as the buyers and the parish priest inspected the property

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The local church has been targeted with graffiti

An Australian man who was targeted in a campaign of terror by a 77-year-old woman says he's endured "three years of sheer hell".

Sligo-based engineer David Newton (57) told Tubbercurry District Court he had been subject to violence, harassment and abuse from Nancy Meers and her family since he put down a deposit to buy a former school building in Kilmactigue in rural Sligo three years ago.

The building, which borders Ms. Meers' property, was being sold at the time by the Catholic Church and the pensioner offered €3,000 for it.

The Church rejected the offer as they were seeking €80,000 for the building.

Mr Newton and his wife, who have a house in Kilmactigue, subsequently paid a deposit on the school and were due to pay the rest after carrying out inspections, but said their lives were made a living hell as anyone who tried to inspect the property, including the local parish priest, was chased off by Nancy Meers and her family.

"It's been three years of sheer hell. As soon as she heard that we put the deposit on the school the ridiculous and violent antics started," Mr Newton told the Sunday World.

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Nancy Meers threw rocks as the buyers and the parish priest inspected the property

Nancy Meers threw rocks as the buyers and the parish priest inspected the property

Nancy Meers threw rocks as the buyers and the parish priest inspected the property

"This woman has tormented the hell out of the whole community. We have had about three years of sheer hell here. All because we paid a deposit on the school."

In one incident Meers armed herself with rocks which she threw as Mr Newton was inspecting the property with local priest Fr John Glynn, who was suffering ill health and fled in terror.

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The school borders Nancy Meers’ property

The school borders Nancy Meers’ property

The school borders Nancy Meers’ property

"Fr Glynn burned rubber. For a sick man he jumped over the wall of the school, jumped into his car, burned rubber and drove into our driveway and was shaking with fear," said Mr Newton.

Mr Newton said Meers and her family members turned up to scare them off when they arrived for an inspection.

He said they had rocks and someone was carrying a container of liquid which he believed was petrol.

"They came down and surrounded our car. They had rocks. They were going to smash our car and set it on fire."

The school was taken off the market by the church after that incident.

Meers was this month given the Probation Act in Sligo District Court over that incident and has been ordered not to interfere with David Newton or his partner or the school in any way.

Judge Kevin Kilrane, who asked Meers if she was trying to run Mr Newton and his partner out of town, warned her she could face jail if she fails to abide by the order.

"I want to send out a message that this type of bullying, pushing and shoving will not be tolerated. Someone will go to prison," the judge said.

He described the incident where she armed herself with a stone as "a threat and a serious threat".

Just days before the case came to court "OUT" was painted in large red letters on David Newton's home.

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'Out' daubed on David Newton's wall

'Out' daubed on David Newton's wall

'Out' daubed on David Newton's wall

That same night the local church was also daubed with red graffiti with numerous slogans, including "read the signs", "school not for sale", "99 years is 99 years" and "septic no good".

Meers denied in court that she was behind the graffiti, which has greatly upset other locals in the area.

Dozens of signs have also been put up around the school.

Meers had also been charged with an incident in which a car was driven at Mr Newton and his partner, which forced him to jump over a wall to avoid being hit.

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Signs posted beside the old school at Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co. Sligo.

Signs posted beside the old school at Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co. Sligo.

Signs posted beside the old school at Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co. Sligo.

Meers appeared in court a number of months ago in relation to that but was not convicted of it as a cousin took the stand to give her an alibi, saying she was with her in Carrick-on-Shannon that day.

The school has also been vandalised with damage to the roof, the windows and the interior, while someone broke in and turned on the taps, which caused water damage.

No one has been charged in connection with the vandalism.

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