Wednesday 26 October 2016

Teacher fails in bid on abuse pay-out

Tim Healy

Published 22/12/2015 | 02:30

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A former Irish dancing teacher fraudulently transferred property into his wife's name to defeat an order requiring him pay €400,000 compensation to a former pupil he sexually abused, a court found.

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The Court of Appeal yesterday dismissed Michael Quigley's appeal against a High Court finding that the transfer of the family home and another property to his wife Alice should be set aside as fraudulent. It also awarded costs against him.

A stay applies until February to allow Mr Quigley and his wife to decide whether to seek the necessary certificate for an appeal to the Supreme Court.

In 2011, the High Court awarded €400,000 to Dana Doherty (44), a national school teacher, against Mr Quigley (70), of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, after Mr Justice Sean Ryan found he abused her when she was one of his dancing pupils aged between 12 and 19.

He underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but the juries in both were unable to reach verdicts.

Ms Doherty then took a High Court civil action and was awarded €400,000.

Mr Quigley lost a Supreme Court appeal against that award.

In an effort to get payment, Ms Doherty brought separate proceedings against Mr Quigley and his wife alleging the transfer of his home in Letterkenny in 2000 and the transfer of a property at Meenagown, Donegal in 1998 were intended to defeat Ms Doherty's claim for the €400,000.

In denying those claims, the Quigleys argued that the family home was transferred to get a loan for a home extension while the second property was transferred in order to get future planning permission on the land.

Irish Independent

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