Thursday 23 February 2017

Forgery accused says he's victim of witch-hunt

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

A businessman accused of forging the will of a dead farmer told gardai his brother embarked on a "witch-hunt" against him.

William O'Leary denies forging the will of Matthew Hayes (82). His brother Charlie has already been convicted after admitting his part in the alleged forgery, but he claims William and his former lifelong friend, Noel Hayes, were also involved.

William O'Leary (49), Kilhile, Arthurstown, New Ross, and Noel Hayes (59), Ramsgrange, New Ross, are both on trial at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court accused of forging the will.

In a statement read out in court, Det Sgt Michael Troy asked Mr O'Leary if he understood the reason he was brought to the garda station. "It is only a witch-hunt for my brother (Charlie) to get at me," he said.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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