Model spared criminal conviction over harassment case

Daphney Sanasie bombarded Dylan McGrath with over 100 texts and calls

Model spared criminal conviction over harassment case

Daphney Sanasie outside the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin | Image: Frank Greaney

A model who appeared in the first season of RTÉ's 'First Dates Ireland' has been spared a criminal conviction for harassing celebrity chef Dylan McGrath.

Daphney Sanasie, of Jamestown Road in Dublin 8, bombarded him with more than 100 texts and calls after he asked her to leave him alone in September 2015.

Ms Sanasie, who went by the name Federica when she appeared on 'First Dates Ireland', met Mr McGrath through a mutual friend.

The court heard they went on two dates together - the last one on Valentine's Day 2015 - and that he asked her to stop texting him after becoming concerned about some of the messages she was sending.

Despite his pleas for her to stop, the court heard she continued to contact him and even called into his restaurant pretending to be organising a wedding for a famous footballer.

In the end, he felt he was left with no choice but to go to gardaí in November of that year. He said he "felt threatened and in fear".

The judge read out some of the texts in court today, and said he felt she was receiving "mixed signals".

Ms Sanasie, who is from South Africa, was due to stand trial but changed her plea to guilty.

She spoke to reporters outside court afterwards: