Thursday 8 December 2016

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy to remain under house arrest in US for six months

Brian Byrne, in Massachusetts

Published 19/05/2015 | 19:03

Aisling Brady McCarthy, left, listens to her attorney prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, today.T (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Aisling Brady McCarthy, left, listens to her attorney prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, today.T (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Aisling Brady McCarthy walks from the defendant's table after a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
Aisling Brady McCarthy, center, leaves court with her attorney, Melinda Thompson, right, following a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Mass (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

AN Irish nanny accused with killing a one-year-old baby in the United States will spend at least six months under house arrest.

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The first degree murder trial of Cavan woman Aisling Brady McCarthy (36) has been delayed until at least October due to expected scheduling conflicts among witnesses and jury members over the summer months.

A representative of the State medical examiner’s office was not present at the Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts earlier today to present an update on its fresh review into medical evidence.

Judge Maureen B Hogan requested that the office present its findings, which claim that Rehma Sabir was not murdered in January 2013 as has been alleged, by Tuesday June 9.

Assistant District Attorney General Patrick Fitzgerald said that the prosecution’s case would consist of at least 50 witnesses, would take between four and six weeks and would begin each day at 9am and conclude by lunchtime.

Defence attorney Melinda Thompson said she intended to call several medical experts to the stand in the court approximately 30 minutes outside of Boston, but that due to scheduling conflicts and summer holidays, many would not be available until the Autumn.

Ms Thompson added that the defence’s case would last between one and one-and-a-half weeks, meaning the full trial could last up to two months.

Judge Hogan set the trial commencement date for Tuesday October 13, but said that this was subject to change.

Aisling Brady McCarthy at a bail hearing in Massachusetts
Aisling Brady McCarthy at a bail hearing in Massachusetts
Aisling McCarthy is accused of murdering a one-year-old girl she was caring for in the US (Middlesex District Attorney/PA)
Aisling McCarthy Brady at a previous court appearance.
Aisling Brady McCarthy

Ms McCarthy had been imprisoned in the north-eastern US state of Massachusetts for almost two-and-a-half years before she was granted bail earlier this month.

Under conditions set by the court, Ms McCarthy must remain under house arrest at all times and wear a GPS tracking device.

She was forced to give her passport to US authorities but will be allowed to leave her home for court dates, meetings with her attorneys and doctor appointments.

Ms McCarthy has been in prison since January 2013, when she was charged with killing one-year-old Rehma Sabir who was in her care.

She had been residing in the US since 2002 after overstaying a 90 day tourist visa.

The defence had argued that bail should be granted due to a “substantial change in circumstances”.

Ms Thompson said nine medical experts from around the world had provided reports which showed that the baby was not in fact murdered, and that the toddler had suffered injuries to her spine and leg at a time when she was not under McCarthy’s care.

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