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Judge to face trial on charge of deceiving couple over will

Edel O'Connell and Tom Tuite

Published 14/07/2011 | 05:00

Judge Heather Perrin with her daughter Sybil and husband Albert

A DISTRICT Court judge is to face trial accused of deceiving an elderly couple into putting two of her children into their will.

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Judge Heather Perrin (60) -- who was appointed to the Dublin District Court bench in February 2009 -- was arrested yesterday following an investigation launched in December 2009.

Judge Perrin -- who practised as a solicitor for 26 years -- was arrested by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation at her home at Lambay Court, Malahide, Co Dublin.

She was then taken to Clontarf garda station and charged with two counts under Section 6 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

The charges allege that at her former solicitor's practice at Fairview Strand, in Dublin 3, she did "with the intention of making a gain, or causing a loss to another by deception" induce Thomas Davis and Ada Davis "to each bequeath their halves of their residual estates to Sybil and Adam Perrin, on January 22, 2009".

Judge Perrin was then brought before Dublin District Court yesterday evening.

Detective Sergeant Patrick Linehan told presiding Judge David McHugh that, on arrest, the defendant was cautioned and told that if she had anything to say "it will be taken down and used in evidence".

After caution, she made no reply to both charges.

Det Sgt Linehan said he had no objection to bail being granted to Judge Perrin who, dressed in a white pinstripe jacket and trousers, remained seated and silent during the proceedings.

Evidence

State solicitor Catherine Irvine told Judge McHugh the DPP had directed trial on indictment in respect of both charges.

The book of evidence in the case has been completed and it was then served on the defendant by Det Sgt Linehan.

Judge McHugh remanded Judge Perrin on bail to appear before a future sitting of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He remanded her on bail on her own bond of €1,000, pending her trial.

Judge Perrin attended Trinity College Dublin. She qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and has worked as a sole practitioner since 1994.

Irish Independent

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