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Guilty plea Woman (41) who sent threatening letters and packages to OAP jailed for two months

Gda Clifford said the victim, who is aged in her 70s, and her family were put in fear by the letters which included threats such as "We will strike, you won't know when and where we will strike you."

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Salina Harris sent five packages, including a Stanley knife, with threats to the elderly woman and her family

Salina Harris sent five packages, including a Stanley knife, with threats to the elderly woman and her family

Salina Harris sent five packages, including a Stanley knife, with threats to the elderly woman and her family

This is the 41-year-old woman who was this week sentenced to two months in prison for sending a series of threatening letters as well as cable ties, a Stanley knife and matches to an innocent Limerick grandmother.

Salina Harris, with an address at Doirín Alainn, Derreen, Killarney, sent the sinister threats anonymously to the elderly woman - initially threatening to burn her house and followed up with further threats to the woman and her family which left them terrified.

Harris, who has a number of relatives living in Bruree, pleaded guilty at Killarney District Court to five separate charges under the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act after in relation to five packages sent to the woman and her family in April and May last year.

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She was given a two-month sentence in relation to three packages sent on May 13 and a two-month suspended sentence in relation to a fourth package sent on the same date, while she was given a five-month suspended sentence for a threatening letter sent on April 26.

At an earlier hearing Garda John Clifford, from Bruff Garda Station, said the letter sent on April 26 threatened to burn the elderly woman's house, and the four packages sent on May 13 were "more serious" and were sent to the victim and three of her relatives.

Gda Clifford said the victim, who is aged in her 70s, and her family were put in fear by the letters which included threats such as "We will strike, you won't know when and where we will strike you."

He said the victim had no idea who was behind the threats, which were not signed.

Gardaí in Bruff launched an investigation into the incident and were able to track the stamps through a code on them which revealed where and when they were purchased.

Gardaí were then able to identify Harris' father buying the stamps, but Gda Clifford said her father was unaware they were going to be used to send the threats.

Gardaí then spoke to Salina Harris who admitted she was behind the threats and fully cooperated with the investigation.

It is understood that she was in grief at the time following the death of her brother Johnny (25), who died suddenly in non-suspicious circumstances in Bruree on February 21 last year.

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His family were left devastated by his sudden death.

Johnny, who lived in Bruree, was out on bail at the time over a series of incidents in the village, including arson, burglary, theft and criminal damage.

The innocent grandmother targeted in the threatening letters is understood to be a relative of a young man who was friends with Johnny but did not know why she was targeted.

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