Facebook woman on new charges

Maureen Curoe at an earlier court sitting in Coleraine
Maureen Curoe at an earlier court sitting in Coleraine

A WOMAN previously convicted of mounting a long-running Facebook campaign against her former boyfriend and his current partner is facing new charges of a similar nature, a court was told on Monday.

Maureen Bernadette Curoe (40), of Pilot Street, Belfast, was at the County Court in Antrim to appeal against a restraining order which gagged her from making reference on Facebook regarding her former boyfriend Ballymoney man, Adrian McAleese and his partner Coleraine woman, Yvonne Hegarty.

However the appeal was adjourned after a prosecutor said a new summons was served on Curoe at the courthouse on Monday by police alleging “similar conduct” relating to dates in 2013.

And the prosecutor says there is also a similar further matter relating to September this year but she said no summons has yet been prepared regarding that.

The prosecutor asked for the appeal to be adjourned until all the new matters are dealt with, and the appeal case was put back until a date in October.

Judge Desmond Marrinan QC said that because the appeal has been lodged, he was suspending the restraining order in the meantime but he told Curoe - who was standing in the dock - that it would be “very unwise” to post anything on Facebook relating to the other parties.

And the judge added: “If she were to post something offensive about these parties tonight she would be committing a fresh offence and could be back to court.

It would be extremely foolish for the appellant to do anything that would create a further offence.”

In July this year, Curoe was given a two year restraining order and warned that if she breached it she could face up to five years in prison.