A woman has told a court how she and her family were put through “a living hell” by a tenant who refused to pay rent for 16 months and cut away the rafters on a rented property’s roof in an effort to make the property unsellable so the family would be forced to sell it to him at a reduced price.
Audrey O’Mahony told Cork Circuit Criminal Court how Denis O’Connor (67) had put her husband and herself and their three children through “a neverending nightmare” by his actions after he began renting their cottage from them in 2015.
“I believe that it was Denis O’Connor’s intention to get permanent possession of our house without paying us and that he is not the least bit sorry for what he has put us through. His actions against us are inexcusable, cruel and downright wrong,” she said.
Ms O’Mahony was speaking after