A Donegal garda who harassed a married female sergeant by sending her a Valentine’s Card, numerous emails and a friend request on Facebook has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Garda Donal Maguire (40), a married man with two children, had been warned by his superiors not to have any contact with the woman and was advised there would be consequences if the behaviour continued.The Irish Times reports he sent the emails via the garda Pulse system leading to him having his access revoked. He continued to try and contact the woman , despite giving an undertaking to stop and was ultimately transferred to another station. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the harassment impacted on the woman’s work and family life and caused her great stress. She felt physically sick, annoyed and concerned on receiving the communications from Garda Maguire. She was granted annual leave following the Facebook contact because her superiors believed she was not in “a fit position to do her work”.Garda Maguire (40), of Bundoran, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to two counts of harassing the woman at a location in Dublin on dates between February 18th and March 11th, 2012 and between August 1st, 2012 and February 4th, 2013.Two forensic psychiatrists told the trial that Garda Maguire was suffering from a mental disorder at the time and lacked the ability to form intent, as set out under the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006.DementiaThe jury heard that Garda Maguire had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which at his age was considered early onset dementia. The symptoms include erotomania, a delusion in which a person believes that another person, typically of a higher social status, is in love with them.The disorder also meant that Garda Maguire was increasingly inappropriate in his actions, had a loss of empathy, was unable to understand the impact of his behaviour, has a lack of judgment and an inability to inhibit his own actions as well as a lack of interest in his personal hygiene.The jury returned its verdict following an hour of deliberations. Judge Elma Sheahan thanked the jurors for their concentration during what she was an “unusual” trial.She said the court found that Garda Maguire was suffering from a mental disorder and committed him to the Central Mental Hospital. She ordered that the hospital provide the court with a report on June 27th so that “the appropriate steps can be taken”.Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, told the jury in opening the case that the fact Garda Maguire harassed the woman was not disputed but rather the jurors had to determine if he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time.The court heard that both Gda Maguire’s mother and his wife noticed a change in his behaviour from 2010, shortly after the birth of his first child, when he started making bizarre statements and laughing inappropriately.In his first referral to have it investigated, a psychiatrist noted that Garda Maguire had disorganised thinking and unusual speech.Detective Superintendent Walter O’Sullivan outlined the facts of the harassment to the jury. He agreed with Ronan Kennedy BL, defending that when Garda Maguire was interviewed in June 2013, he said he was infatuated with the woman and this was not reciprocated.He accepted that he had been warned to stop communicating with the sergeant but had continued contact despite this.DONEGAL GARDA WHO HARRASSED COLLEAGUE FOUND NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY was last modified: June 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Actress and activist Jamie Brewer has been named the recipient of the 2015 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.She will accept the award at the 7th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show at the Colorado Convention Center on October 24, 2015, in Denver, CO.Brewer, who has Down syndrome, is best known for her roles on American Horror Story. She has played three different characters (Adelaide, Nan and Marjorie) alongside actress Jessica Lange on the award-winning television series which returns for a fifth season this fall on the FX network. Brewer made history earlier this year as the first model with Down syndrome to ever walk the runway at New York Fashion Week for designer Carrie Hammer. She also served on the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for the state of Texas to represent individuals with disabilities where she was the only person out of 17 representatives who was differently-abled.“I am honored to accept this prestigious award from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and proud to be acknowledged for my advocacy work as a role model for people who are differently-abled,” stated Brewer.Each year, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation presents the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to outstanding role models who tirelessly advocate for the rights of the differently-abled. Past award recipients have included Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Kyra Phillips, Tim Shriver, and Patrick Kennedy.The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is the largest fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation attracting more than 1,200 guests each year. The celebrity gala has raised $9.5 million for Down syndrome research, medical care, advocacy and education. Moreover, it has raised widespread awareness for the alarming disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome while successfully emphasizing their abilities.This year, actor Terrence Howard will join a host of celebrities escorting models with Down syndrome at the fashion show. Past celebrities have included Jamie Foxx, Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Jeff Probst and Quincy Jones, among others.Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.For more information, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.com.
Twitter Login/Register With: VANCOUVER, May 28, 2019 – Network Media Group Inc. (TSX: NTE.V) (OTCMKTS: NMGGF) and Network Entertainment Inc. (“Network” or “the Company”) are pleased to announce that their 2018 feature documentary I Am MLK Jr. is the winner of three 2019 Leo Awards, including Best Documentary, Best Picture Editing and Best Musical Score.The Leo Awards, “celebrating excellence in British Columbia film and television”, were announced at the Celebration Awards in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 25 and 26.I Am MLK Jr. premiered on Paramount Network and was simulcast on BET on April 4, 2018, the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s tragic assassination. Network also partnered with GATHR to launch a Theatrical On Demand® release for the feature documentary, allowing audiences to screen the film in movie theaters across the United States. International distribution was managed by FremantleMedia and by Thunderbird in Canada; the film is available for viewing in Canadaon HBO Canada and CraveTV. Advertisement The documentary tells the story and celebrates the life of this American icon from an engaging contemporary perspective structured around seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement, and features interviews with a uniquely diverse group of key figures, ranging from history-changing civil rights-era activists such as Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, and Rev. Al Sharpton, to contemporary writers, activists and influencers in sports, entertainment and media such as Van Jones, Carmelo Anthony, Nick Cannon, Shaun King, Malcolm Jenkins and more.Network’s President and Executive Producer of the documentary, Paul Gertz, said “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Leo Awards for I Am MLK Jr. Considering the quality work produced by our colleagues and peers, we are truly honoured to be part of this prestigious group of nominees. We are also extremely proud of our production team whose creativity and story-telling ability has proven to be world-class once again.”I Am MLK Jr. is Produced by Derik Murray and Directed by Michael Hamilton and John Barbisan, and Executive Produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak, Derik Murray and Paramount Network’s Jon Slusser, Jaimee Kosanke and Kevin Kay, and Co-Executive Produced by Dr. Clayborne Carson, Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute and Professor of History at Stanford University.About Network EntertainmentNetwork Media Group is the parent company of Network Entertainment Inc. Network Entertainment, founded and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, produces premium content for global audiences. Network’s documentaries and docu-series showcase the lives of the world’s most inspiring cultural icons and their enduring legacy, featuring a compelling lineup of icons from the worlds of Music, Movies, Comedy, Sports, Politics and Business. The Network premium brand of programming features outstanding casts and highly cinematic, richly crafted storytelling. Network’s productions are consistently embraced by both audiences and critics alike, garnering awards, record ratings and unparalleled media coverage.Network’s broadcast and distribution partners include: A&E, AHC, AMC, Discovery Channel, CBC, CMT, CTV, Entertainment One, EPIX, FremantleMedia, HBO Canada, History Channel, iTunes, Lionsgate, National Geographic, Paramount Network, Spike, Sundance TV, Thunderbird, TMN, Virgil Entertainment, and YouTube Premium. The Company’s work has been recognized by the Academy Awards, the Emmys, Realscreen Awards, the Gemini Awards, the Leo Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Washington D.C. Silver Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Television Festival, and the International Film and Television Festival of New York.For additional information on Network Entertainment Inc., visit www.networkentertainment.ca Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment