A secondary school teacher, who has accused a former boyfriend of harassing her for four years, has described the experience as terrifying and absolutely distressing.

Gráinne Barry was giving evidence on the second day of the trial of Seamus Quirke of Glencullen on the Duntahane Road in Fermoy.

He denies four counts of harassing Ms Barry on various dates between 2005 and 2008.

Ms Barry told Cork Circuit Criminal Court she did not want him following her, she did not want him to know where she was going and she did not want him anywhere near her.

Ms Barry made her comments after describing one of the several times she claims Mr Quirke followed her in his car.

She also described another occasion when she got out of her car at a roundabout, walked up to his car window and took a photograph of him before driving off because Ms Barry said while she was very upset she was also very angry.

She said Mr Quirke had bought a house in her estate with a bird's eye view of her own home and on several occasions she had seen him watching and laughing at her from an upstairs window.

Once, her panic button at home failed to go off after she claimed she saw Mr Quirke in her front garden in the early hours of the morning.

She said she is listed as a high-priority call with local gardaí if the alarm goes off.

Ms Barry told the court yesterday she had a five-year, on and off, relationship, which had ended badly with Mr Quirke and had not seen him for nine years before bumping into him at a petrol station in 2005.

The case is continuing this afternoon.