Judge pleads not guilty in theft case
A DISTRICT Court judge claimed she was not guilty when she was charged by fraud squad detectives with false accounting and theft.
Judge Heather Perrin (60) was appointed to the Dublin Metropolitan District Court bench in February 2009 after practising as a solicitor for 26 years.
Before she was made a judge she ran a law firm at Fairview Strand in Dublin.
Yesterday afternoon, Judge Perrin, who has an address at Lambay Court, Malahide, Co Dublin, was arrested by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.
She was brought before Judge Denis McLoughlin at Dublin District Court and faced two charges under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.
The first charge states that she allegedly stole €4,416 from Gareth Gilroy between May 1, 2006, and July 31, 2007.
The second charge alleges that between May 25, 2004, and February 2, 2009, at a location in Dublin, she dishonestly -- to make a gain for herself and to cause a loss to another -- made use of an account or document which to her knowledge was or could have been misleading, false or deceptive.
Detective Sergeant Patrick Linehan told Judge McLoughlin that in reply to the first charge the defendant said: "I am definitely not guilty."
In response to the second charge, she told Det Sgt Linehan: "I am not guilty."
The DPP has directed trial on indictment on both charges. A book of evidence was then served on Judge Perrin who was represented by solicitor Cahir O'Higgins.
Judge McLoughlin then made an order sending her forward for trial at the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which begins in mid-April.
Bail was granted in her own bond of €1,000.