SENATOR Mairia Cahill has told of her harassment hell after her ex-partner was convicted of a cruel campaign of abuse against her.
Belfast man Stephen Altimas posted a series of malicious and menacing Facebook posts about the Labour politician, including vile allegations about her elderly father earlier this year.
On Monday the 36-year-old, of Torrens Avenue in Belfast, was sentenced to 60 hours’ community service and ordered to comply with a one year probation order after finally admitting to carrying out the wicked campaign.
Altimas had initially contested the two counts of harassment, as well as a charge of publishing material which was intended, or likely, to identify a person involved in any separate proceedings.
But on Monday in Belfast he admitted all three charges and a judge banned him from contacting or posting material about the domestic abuse campaignger or her father online.
Speaking exclusively to The Star last night, the Labour senator said: “I welcome the fact it’s been dealt with and I am concentrating on my time in the
Senate to raise issues of domestic and sexual abuse.”
The charges relate to a series of Facebook posts in which Altimas, who has been separated from Ms Cahill for some time, made a number of obscene and false allegations against her and her family online.
That included her elderly father Philip — son of IRA founder Joe Cahill.
Last night The Star called to his Belfast home, but he said: “I can’t say anything as there is another matter going through the family court.”
A source close to Ms Cahill said: “Mairia has been through hell over the last few months, she is glad it has been finally dealt with.”
The Belfast woman was voted into the Seanad in a by-election after the resignation of Labour senator Jimmy Harte.
Ms Cahill alleged she was raped by a suspected IRA member when she was a teen in 1997.
She has further claimed the IRA conducted its own inquiry into her account, subjecting her to interrogation and making her confront her alleged attacker.
The man she accused of rape was acquitted of criminal charges after Ms Cahill withdrew her evidence and charges were also dropped against those allegedly involved in the IRA’s internal inquiry.
All those charged strongly denied any wrongdoing.