Man Charged With Harassing Midlands Senator Gets Suspended Sentence

David Larkin was charged for harassing Micheál Carrigy between December 2021 and February 2022.

A man charged with the harassment of a midlands Senator has been handed a five month prison sentence, which has been suspended for 18 months.

43-year-old David Larkin of 33 Ardnacassa Lawns, Longford, was charged with harassing Longford Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy, via social media, text and voicemail, on various dates between December 2021 and February 2022.

A probation report and psychiatric report were furnished to the sitting of Longford District Court yesterday.

Sergeant Mark McMahon told the court the victim has serious concerns regarding the threats made to his wife, family and home.

Judge Bernadette Owens noted a guilty plea entered in October 2022, and a lack of previous convictions, she says for which credit must be given.

She also accepted Mr. Larkin is now engaging with local psychiatric services and has expressed his remorse for what he has done.

The Judge also noted the probation report puts him at a moderate risk of re-offending.

The probation service recommended 12 months of probation supervision, but Judge Owens says she wasn't satisfied a probation bond was enough to address the serious circumstances, and proceeded to hand Mr. Larkin a five month prison sentence, which she suspended for 18 months.

Judge Owens says that will be re-entered before her, if Mr. Larkin doesn't engage with the probation and mental health services.

He's also been ordered to refrain from any communication with Senator Carrigy and to not approach his home for five years.

Mr. Larkin has also been told not to approach Senator Carrigy's office in Longford for two years.

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