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Jerome Logue sent colleague Sarah Ruston (inset) explicit emails

Jerome Logue sent colleague Sarah Ruston (inset) explicit emails

Jerome Logue sent colleague Sarah Ruston (inset) explicit emails

A councillor has called for an inquiry after it emerged that a man sacked for sexually harassing a colleague was later employed by the court service.

Jerome Logue (34) from Woodland Walk in Limavady was given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Limavady Magistrates Court last Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to harassing Magilligan Prison psychologist Sarah Ruston by sending the former Miss Ireland beauty contest finalist explicit emails between May and October of 2008.

One of the emails contained an image of a body part and it included the word ‘anticipation’.

Logue, a single man, was interviewed about the offence by police officers in Limavady police station in November 2008. However a Northern Ireland Court Service spokesperson has confirmed that Logue was employed by them for eight months, starting two months after he had admitted the harassment offence to the police.

Logue worked in the customer services offices at Londonderry's Bishop Street courthouse.

“I can confirm he did work for us but he no longer works for us any more. He was casual agency staff from January to August of last year,” the Court Service spokesman said.

Limavady United Ulster Coalition councillor Leslie Cubitt yesterday said an inquiry was needed to establish how Logue was employed by the Court Service while under police investigation for admitting harassing Ms Ruston with explicit emails.

“This is just crazy and heads must roll,” said Mr Cubitt.

“What sort of background checks were carried out? What character references were asked for from his previous employer?

“He was sacked by one Government body and then employed by another. It's bizarre and is beyond belief and it must not be simply swept under the carpet, because it's a matter of public concern.”

Belfast Telegraph