Friday 26 December 2014

Jailed former judge pleads guilty to charge of false accounting

Fiona Ferguson

Published 22/02/2013 | 13:56

Former judge Heather Perrin
Former judge Heather Perrin

A FORMER district court judge already serving a prison sentence for deception will be sentenced in March after pleading guilty to a further charge of false accounting.

Heather Perrin (61) is currently serving a two and half year sentence for attempting to deceive her elderly friend out of half of his estate while he was a client of her solicitors firm.

Perrin appeared for arraignment before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today after her solicitor applied to the court for a production order from the Dochas Centre yesterday to allow her enter her guilty plea. A trial date which was scheduled for March has now been vacated.

Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide today pleaded guilty that between May 25, 2004 and February 2, 2009 within the State dishonestly with the intention of making a gain for herself or another or of causing a loss to another she did falsify an account, namely an eight page document entitled “Cash Account, Estate of Gary Doyle Deceased.”

Judge Mary Ellen Ring set a sentence date on March 13th when full facts will be heard in the case.

Perrin was convicted by a jury following an eight day trial last November of deceptively inducing Mr Thomas Davis to bequeath half of his estate to Sybil and Adam Perrin at her office on Fairview Strand on January 22, 2009.

The verdict marked the first time in the history of the State that a judge had been found guilty of a serious crime. Perrin offered her resignation to the President prior to her sentencing.

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