Chilling harassment of Cork social worker left her fearing for her life

Chilling harassment of Cork social worker left her fearing for her life
The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. 

THE chilling harassment of a social worker resulted in her fearing for her life and the woman responsible for it has been jailed for six months.

Judge Olann Kelleher described the harassment as chilling at Cork District Court.

The victim impact statement was not read out in court but Judge Kelleher read out a section of it as he imposed a six-month jail term on Nicole Sweeney.

The judge noted that the young woman said in the course of phone calls and comments to the social worker that:

:: She would burn her out of her home.

:: She expressed the hope that the social worker’s family would die.

:: She would find the social worker’s children.

:: She would cut up the social worker.

The judge noted that the victim was so fearful that when she came to Cork city with her daughter at Christmas she was terrified she would encounter the defendant.

Judge Kelleher said there was a duty on the court to protect people on the front line such as gardaí, prison officers, A&E medical staff, social workers and others.

Sweeney admitted threatening to kill her mother and a social worker.

Ms Sweeney, aged 28, of Laurel Cottage, Ballinlough Road, was dealing with pressures and difficulties in her life at the time and apologised for her behaviour, Eddie Burke, solicitor, said.

Detective Garda Liam Lynch said previously it was alleged that she threatened to kill or seriously injure a social worker and her mother.

“Five of the threats were made over the phone to the social worker and one was made to her in person at a hospital. It is also alleged she threatened to burn down her mother’s house and it is alleged this threat was made over the phone,” the detective said.

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