Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Woman charged with exposure

A woman exposed herself and tried to provoke fights as part of an alleged campaign of neighbourhood intimidation, the High Court has heard.

Caroline Irwin (46) is also accused of abusing another woman about her dead relatives, prosecutors said.

She is charged with indecent and disorderly behaviour, attempting to cause fear of violence, harassment and doing a provocative act.

All of the alleged offences relate to incidents close to her home at Carrowshee Park, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, on February 28.

During a bail hearing a judge was told four people have made complaints about her behaviour.

Conor Maguire, prosecuting, said: “They said she was shouting abuse at neighbours, she revealed her backside at a parked vehicle and shouted ‘f*** off you black b*****d, come and kiss this’.”

Irwin, who denies claims she was drunk at the time, was believed to have mistaken the vehicle for a police car.

Defence lawyer Michael Ward also set out family circumstances which he argued had contributed to his client's current “sad situation”.

She has, however, recently joined a Christian community, been baptised, and kept off alcohol, the court heard.

“If she takes drink it's just a train wreck,” Mr Ward said.

Bail was granted after the judge heard Irwin's partner was prepared to let her stay at his home in Omagh.

Mr Justice Weir also imposed an alcohol prohibition.

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