A Lisnaskea man who turned up at his ex-partner’s home and business and started shouting at her in front of clients has been handed an 18-month probation order.

It was heard at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday how on November 23, 2022, police attended an address in Newtownbutler to speak to the injured party.

This was the ex-partner of Kevin Gerald Quinn (50), of Drumhaw Park, Lisnaskea. She made a report to police of a domestic assault which took place on July 21, 2022.

She said Quinn had turned up at her home address, which also housed her beautician business, and came into the salon, shouting at her in front of clients.

The court heard they then went outside, where he slapped her on the face before walking around the house, banging on the windows and doors, which was recorded on CCTV footage.

The victim told police there were numerous incidents between her and Quinn, and between November 11-23 he persistently called and texted her to the extent that she had to unplug her work phone.

She said he referred to her new partner, asking who he was, while he made reference to other sexual partners, which she said his comments were “embarrassing, hurtful and untrue”.

Quinn also attended the workplace of the victim’s cousin. The court heard that the relationship between the two ended five years ago.

When speaking to police, Quinn admitted kicking doors, however he denied slapping her, and said she hit him first.

He also admitted the messages he sent were not acceptable behaviour, the court heard.

Myles McManus, solicitor for Quinn, said the injured party was the victim of “very troubling behaviour”, but pointed out that his client made full admissions at the earliest opportunity.

He said the pair had been in a 21-year relationship, and Quinn had struggled with the breakdown of this as well as the breakdown of his relationship with his daughter.

However, District Judge Alana McSorley told Quinn the charges against him were aggravated by domestic violence, and that she was concerned about his “lack of victim awareness”.

She did take into account his early guilty plea and no previous record.

Convicting Quinn of common assault, attempted criminal damage and harassment, she ordered him to complete the probation order, and she also imposed a two-year restraining order.