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Need help on how to report a stalker, fraud taxi driver

  • 17-01-2022 10:23pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2

    So in light of the tragic events that resulted in the death of Aisling Murphy in Offaly, I feel it is my duty to properly and legally follow up on a series of events involving a fraudulent taxi driver who returned to my house on multiple occasions looking for my housemate, a woman in her mid 20s.

    Last week she got a taxi home from Connolly station, Dublin. The taxi driver had made many off comments including was she single, can he have her number, government planting brain chips in us and how the nearby embassy to our house was spying on us. She passed it off as just another creepy man which women often have to deal with, and got out of the car down the road from our house.

    The next day I was in the house alone and had a caller to the door. A taxi was parked outside my driveway and I opened the door to a man looking for my housemate. At this point I had not been made aware of the off hand discussions in the taxi the day before, my housemate had thought nothing of it as this is common behaviour to women and she shrugged it off. I was aware though that she had got a taxi and just assumed she may have left her phone or something in the car and the driver had come back to return it. When I asked what could I do for the man he simply told me to tell xxxx that zzzz was looking for her. I later told my housemate of the situation and she was extremally distressed to which I was then informed of the occurrences of the previous day.

    The next evening she came to me as there was somebody knocking on her bedroom window calling her name. I went to the door to confront the same man again who was looking for her again, I told him that he had no business being here and that he should leave immediately, which he did. I waited for him to drive away so I could take his car and taxi licence numbers, to which never did. I observed him sitting further up the road with the lights turned off. I then went out to take his numbers and confront him. I confronted and blocked him in, gave him a absolute bollocking and asked to why he was here again to which he would not give me a clear answer and claimed I was trying to kidnap him. I informed him that I had his details and that I was going to inform the guards to which he sped off.

    Guards then arrived later and took statements. I ran the licence plate and taxi number through the TFI database which resulted in no results. The details I took are accurate as I have already cross referenced the vehicle on a online database

    I am looking for genuine advice of where to go to with this information. I've heard nothing back from the guards and because of what happened to that poor women in Offaly last week I feel morally obliged to do this properly.

    I can't guarantee that I will reply to many posts, especially if the are not direct advice. I will also not give out any names, car info, locations, additional info etc for unrelated legal reasons and I am not going to post anything that may impede the situation in the future.



  • Registered Users Posts: 78,962 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Report to the Gardai that taxi is not on TFI database.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,445 ✭✭✭✭Peregrinus

    The guards almost certainly already know that the taxi is not on on the TFI database. They will have discovered this for themselves.

    Not sure why you would expect to hear back from the guards. You are a witness in this investigation; the complainant/victim is your housemate. Having taken your statement, the guards would have no reason to keep you updated on the progress of the investigation and would not normally do so. If they speak to anyone, it will be to your housemate.

    This doesn't stop you offering further information if you have any, even if it's information they likely already have. But if you want to press for action or for information on the progress of the investigation, your flatmate is probably better positioned to do that than you are.

  • Registered Users Posts: 526 ✭✭✭MakersMark

    Contact your local TD.

  • Registered Users Posts: 151 ✭✭Mr Burny

    Not sure what a TD would do

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  • Registered Users Posts: 78,083 ✭✭✭✭Victor

    Politicians (save the minister) are legally prohibited in contacting the Garda on criminal matters relating to constituents.

  • Registered Users Posts: 666 ✭✭✭alexonhisown

    Need help on how to report a stalker? you said you already gave details to guards? Guards will deal with it now. Not much more you can do other than keep a watch out for him in the area again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,023 ✭✭✭Claw Hammer

  • Posts: 18,749 ✭✭✭✭[Deleted User]

    You said Gardai have taken statements, so therefore they are now investigating a criminal complaint.

    What else would you like to do?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 78,083 ✭✭✭✭Victor

    I'm not sure, but decades. Trevor Sargent got in trouble for it once.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,840 ✭✭✭✭Donald Trump

    I'm not sure whether that was that it was illegal for him to contact them, or whether his contacting them, and what he asked of them, was inappropriate in the circumstances. It might have been seen as inappropriate interference rather than a specific law being broken

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,522 ✭✭✭Curious_Case

    Perhaps bring the story to a newspaper, the important thing is that women are made aware of these types of goings on.

    Also, women working as cashiers and as bar staff should be encouraged to report a "certain type" to the guards. I'm referring to men who are less than adept at communicating with women and tend to make the most of ordinary transactions. I'm not taking about the types who simply enjoy the infrequent banter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 78,083 ✭✭✭✭Victor

    The law was oddly worded. Something along the lines of "Doing this is not legal", but there was no punishment for it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,840 ✭✭✭✭Donald Trump


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,332 ✭✭✭✭28064212

    Sargent resigned because his actions could be seen as unlawful under Section 6 the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974:

     6.—(1) (a) Subject to the provisions of this section it shall not be lawful to communicate with the Attorney General or an officer of the Attorney General, the Director or an officer of the Director, the Acting Director, a member of the Garda Síochána or a solicitor who acts on behalf of the Attorney General in his official capacity or the Director in his official capacity, for the purpose of influencing the making of a decision to withdraw or not to initiate criminal proceedings or any particular charge in criminal proceedings.

    Note that this law applies to anybody, not just TDs. His actions were unlawful because he attempted to prevent a prosecution (or at least, there was enough evidence for it to be perceived that way).

    I'm not aware of any law preventing a TD from, say, contacting the Gardaí to get an update on the status of a case.

    Although, simply because of their position, any TD doing so would want to be extremely careful about how they go about it - tracking down an individual Gardaí and asking how the case is going against "my good friend, upstanding citizen and all-round law-abiding mate Joe Bloggs" is not going to withstand scrutiny if it becomes public

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