'First Dates Ireland' participant pleads guilty to harassing chef Dylan McGrath

Daphney Sanasie was due to stand trial today but changed her plea this morning

'First Dates Ireland' participant pleads guilty to harassing chef Dylan McGrath

Dylan McGrath. Image: RollingNews.ie

A South African model, who starred in RTÉ's 'First Dates Ireland', has pleaded guilty to harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath.

Daphney Sanasie, currently of Jamestown Road in Dublin 8, was due to stand trial today but changed her plea this morning.

Ms Sanasie starred in the first episode of 'First Dates Ireland' under the name Federica.

The 26-year-old is living in Dublin - but the court heard previously that she is almost finished her studies and is eager to move home to Cape Town.

After initially pleading not guilty to harassing Mr McGrath on various dates in 2015, she was due to stand trial last September - but that was postponed until today to give the celebrity chef time to recover from a back injury.

The court heard she bombarded him with over 100 texts and calls after he asked her to leave him alone in September 2015.

The court heard they had been on two dates together, including one on Valentine's Day that year.

Mr McGrath went to gardaí after she refused to leave him alone.

When her case was called this morning, Judge Bryan Smyth was told a plea was forthcoming.

The judge said he had a personal difficulty in dealing with it because he is acquainted with someone involved in the case - so he transferred it to another court where her sentence hearing is due to get underway this afternoon.