A couple who conducted a "sustained and unrelenting campaign of harassment" against a woman have been given suspended prison sentences after a judge expressed shock at the extent of their behaviour.
Between 2012 and 2016, the victim was subjected to malicious reports, covert filming and a listening device, and her medical records were illegally accessed in a hospital.
Alwyn Magee (58) and Marie Lindsay (50) both of Hillview Park, Enniskillen, admitted making false reports to police, the NSPCC and the victim's workplace superiors.
In addition, Magee abused his position as a member of staff at South West Acute Hospital to access confidential medical details of the victim and her family, and planted the listening device.
Neither defendant appeared for sentencing, but the victim joined by video link from her solicitor's office, with District Judge Eamon King remarking it was ironic she was present but her persecutors were not.
Enniskillen Magistrates Court, sitting in Dungannon, heard the victim and Magee had a child together but separated in 2010. He he had custody two weekends a month, and several afternoons a week.
Harassment commenced the following year, with the victim hounded by both Magee and his partner, Lindsay.
During this, he made 28 covert recordings, two of which involved him questioning the child on the victim's movements.
In 2015, the victim discovered a listening device in the child's schoolbag, which forensic examination established was activated by dialling a number to "listen in". Calls were traced to Lindsay's phone on 72 occasions, lasting a total of five hours 32 minutes.
During interview Magee denied any knowledge of this until presented with telephone records. He and Lindsay maintained they were concerned for the child's safety but it emerged he had custody on some of the dates the device activated.
However, harassment was well under way long before this. Lindsay had anonymously contacted the NSPCC alleging the victim was physically and emotionally abusing the child, which was fully investigated and dismissed.
An allegation of a fraud was also untrue, as were numerous reports to police.
Lindsay fabricated complaints to the victim's workplace manager, and during one stated she would "let the community know".
For several months in 2014, Magee and Lindsay drove past the victim's home at the same time every Sunday.
A tablet owned by the defendants was found to contain recordings of the victim in her workplace.
The offences specific to Magee, involved him accessing the personal medical records of the victim and her family, while he worked as a hospital laboratory assistant. The Western Trust launched an investigation and disciplinary proceedings, but Magee resigned before these were completed.
The prosecutor referred the court to "a heartfelt victim impact statement. She has had a particularly difficult time as a result of the defendants' actions".
A defence solicitor stated his clients have "expressed a desire to apologise for their behaviour".
Judge King said: "In all my years as a judge I have yet to hear such a catalogue of harassment by two individuals against another person… it beggars belief.
"Prison is the only sentence and it's on the cusp of immediate custody."
Both were sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for three years, and placed under Restraining Order for the same duration.