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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Garda accused of using a forged DPP letter sent forward for new trial

Fiona Ferguson and Jessica Magee

Published 30/06/2014 | 21:35

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Garda Catherine McGowan arriving at Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins
Garda Catherine McGowan arriving at Dublin District Court. Photo: Collins

A new trial date has been set for a garda accused of using a forged letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions in connection with a criminal investigation.

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Catherine McGowan (47) of Ashpark Grove, Lucan, Co. Dublin was charged in the District Court with one count of using a copy of a false instrument.

The offence, under Section 28 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act 2001, is alleged to have happened at Bray Garda Station on June 21, 2011.

The charge is that she used a copy of a false instrument with the intention of inducing another person to accept it as genuine, to the "prejudice of that or any other person".

The instrument is alleged to have been a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, dated January 14, 2009.

The trial was due to begin today, but was delayed when Patrick McGrath SC, defending, raised concerns over the disclosure of documents.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring set a new trial date of February 16, 2015 and listed the case for mention next month in relation to the disclosure issues.

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