Dublin garda pleads not guilty to harassing colleague through Facebook and PULSE

Donal Maguire has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity

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A Dublin-based garda has gone on trial for harassing another officer through Facebook and the Garda PULSE system.

Donal Maguire, who is from Bundoran in Co Donegal, admits harassing her but has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

A red and white Valentine's Day card with a rose on the front was shown to the jurors this afternoon.

It was sent in 2012 by Donal Maguire to his colleague, who was based at a Dublin garda station at the time.

He was stationed at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The handwritten note inside finished with the words: "with love and eternal gratitude, yours Donal."

She initially thought it was a prank but confirmed he had sent it by checking the signature against his garda records.

She told him his approach was "unwanted and unwelcome" and that she had no romantic interest in him.