The Dublin landlord who harassed the former tenant to ‘breaking point’ finally behind bars

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Landlord from Hell Thomas Armstrong – who subjected a tenant to a vicious campaign of harassment – is finally behind bars this weekend after turning himself into custody on Wednesday morning.

Armstrong (46), a native of Ayo, was taken into custody at Mountjoy Prison on Wednesday morning to begin a six-month prison sentence for harassing one of his former tenants “to the point of rupture” after the end of their rental contract in poor conditions.

He was originally sentenced to two years in prison with the last 16 months suspended, but a further two months of the remaining eight months will be deducted from the standard remission.

Vile Armstrong, of Addison Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin, pleaded guilty in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court earlier this month to harassment of Lorna McAuley between August 2016 and August 2018.

The court heard a dispute arose when Armstrong said he wanted to move back into the flat and claimed Ms McAuley owed him rent and damages. He then launched “a campaign of intimidation and terror” against her.

Garda Darren Farrell told prosecutor Monika Leech BL the harassment took three forms, including anonymous complaints to Dublin City Council about Ms McAuley’s parents’ roof garden.

Armstrong also set up a Twitter account in Ms McAuley’s name where he posted photos of her and fake tweets, and finally advertised tickets for the 2016 All Ireland Final on Done Deal, stating the number of Mrs. McAuley’s phone.

Ms McAuley took the floor to read her own victim impact statement earlier this week. She said she “never would have thought of herself as a victim in her wildest dreams” before this ordeal which she said had brought her “to the breaking point”.

She said her behavior caused her “shame, stress, anxiety, terror and pain”, destroyed her peace of mind and impacted her physical and mental health.

“I regret the day we rented him a house,” she continued.

She explained that a dispute arose when Armstrong said he wanted to move back into the apartment and claimed she owed him rent and damages.

She said what followed from him was “a campaign of intimidation and terror” and she was inundated with calls and texts.

Ms McAuley said Armstrong posted photos of her on the fake Twitter account he created in her name and identified where she lived and worked.

“He tried to destroy my reputation by posting outlandish remarks. I felt violated and I’m quite a private person. I found it extremely hurtful and upsetting that someone could share photos of me that I didn’t have not consented,” Ms McAuley said. said.

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