Ex-teacher, 36, branded social worker a paedophile and threatened to throw acid in her face because he wanted to ‘put the fear of God’ into her during a four-month campaign of ‘hatred’
- Domhnall Rooney made stickers calling Nicola Aldridge a ‘paedophile supplier of children’
- He also sent emails to police, pretending to be paedophile hunter Stinson Hunter
- Rooney then sent woman a ‘happy birthday’ package containing two acid bottles
- Judge told 36-year-old it is ‘virtually inevitable’ that he will be jailed for offence
Domhnall Rooney (pictured) is facing jail after he launched a four-month campaign of harassment against a social worker
A former teacher branded a social worker a paedophile and sent her acid as a ‘birthday present’ in the post because he wanted to ‘put the fear of God’ into her during a four-month campaign of harassment.
Domhnall Rooney, plastered stickers around Nicola Aldridge’s neighbourhood, which accused her of being a paedophile, because he harboured a ‘deep resentment’ towards her.
The ‘obsessed’ man, from Edgbaston, West Midlands, also sent a string of emails to police and council departments, pretending to be famed paedophile hunter Stinson Hunter and describing his victim as a ‘sociopathic abuser of children’.
The 36-year-old then sent her two scented oil bottles in the post, with a message wishing Ms Aldridge a happy birthday.
But the sick note added: ‘Only joking. The bottles contain sulphuric acid. If you don’t back off it will go on your face and your family.’
Rooney – who still claims he was trying to prevent a crime – is now facing jail after being found guilty of harassment.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC adjourned sentencing until July, but said it was a serious offence and a prison sentence was ‘virtually inevitable.’
Prosecutor Philip Beardwell told Birmingham Crown Court that the harassment began in February, when he sent an email to Bordesley police, falsely claiming a child in the social worker’s care had been abused.
A few weeks later, Ms Aldridge, employed at Birmingham City Council, received an email from Rooney under a false name, in which he claimed he had hacked into her account.
The defendant also sent a letter to her boss’s home in Sutton Coldfield, wrongly believing it was where she lived.
He also posted stickers around the town which featured her picture and described her as a ‘paedophile supplier of children’.
The campaign culminated with the acid ordeal, which he erroneously sent to her boss’s home.
Police then examined the post and matched it with the post office from where it was sent.
They then check CCTV, which showed Rooney in the post office with the package while wearing gloves.
Rooney – who still claims he was trying to prevent a crime – is now facing jail after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court (pictured) of harassment
When officers searched his home, they discovered that acid from his car battery matched the acid sent to Ms Aldridge.
In a statement, the social worker said she felt frightened and very vulnerable and had been unable to go to work because she feared she could be followed and attacked.
She said it had been a terrible ordeal and felt ‘humiliated and disgusted’ about the contents of the emails.
Rooney had denied putting a person in fear by harassment but was found guilty.
He had admitted carrying out the campaign, but claimed he was trying to prevent a crime.