Second harassment charge dropped against garda

Central Criminal Court

A new charge of harassment has been dropped against a garda who was previously found not guilty by reason of insanity for harassing a married female sergeant.

40 year old Garda Donal Maguire suffers from early onset dementia, and was last month committed to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) at the end of a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

That trial heard he sent the woman a Valentine's Card, numerous emails and a friend request on Facebook despite having been warned by his superiors not to have any contact with her.

Gda Maguire of Bundoran, Co. Donegal had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of harassing the woman at a location in Dublin on dates between February 18 and March 11, 2012 and between August 1, 2012 and February 4, 2013.

The jury of nine men and three women returned a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity following an hour of deliberations.

Mr Maguire was also facing trial on a charge of harassing a woman at place in Dublin on dates between February 1 and March 19, 2014.

Yesterday, Pieter LeVert BL told Judge Melanie Greally that the Director of Public Prosecutions would no longer be prosecuting with regard to the second case.