A DISTRICT Court judge has been found guilty by a jury of attempting to deceive an elderly friend out of half his estate.
Heather Perrin, 60, of Lambay Court, Malahide, Dublin, was accused of deceiving Thomas Davis into leaving half his €1m estate to her two children while she was his solicitor in January 2009.
She was convicted of one count of deception and faces a penalty of up to five years in prison following a trial at Dublin’s Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Perrin, who needs two crutches to assist her walking, wept as she left court where she was supported by members of her family.
The jury delivered its unanimous verdict shortly after 1pm and the jurors have been excused from jury service for seven years.
Judge Perrin will be sentenced next week and Judge Ring has directed that her passport be handed to gardai this afternoon.
Earlier, trial judge Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring told the jury that Judge Perrin was entitled to no more or no less consideration because of her status as a judge.
The court had previously heard that the Davis' often referred to Ms Perrin's children Sybil and Adam as their children and they wanted to leave them something in a will.
However, Mr Davis told the court that he only gave instructions to leave the children €2,000 each and did not sign a will to include them as major beneficiaries.
Ms Perrin had pleaded not guilty to deceptively inducing Mr Davis to bequeath half of his estate to her children on 22 January 2009.
Judge Perrin was a solicitor for Mr Davis and his wife before being appointed a judge in 2009