Wife of €4.7m rape man now his guardian
A WOMAN whose husband is seeking to set aside a €4.7m damages award against him for sexual abuse of two girls has been appointed his guardian, the High Court has heard.
Lawyers for Joseph Carrick will apply next month to have the award quashed on the grounds he allegedly had inadequate mental capacity to defend the cases.
A retired company director, Carrick was ordered to pay €4m to Jacqueline O'Toole and €700,000 to her cousin Geraldine Nolan after two separate High Court juries found last November that he raped them when they were children.
Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne was told Carrick (72), of Blackrock, Co Dublin, may apply to have the jury awards set aside and a new trial ordered.
The matter was adjourned to allow medical reports to be obtained while freezing orders over Carrick's assets remain.
Ms Justice Dunne was due yesterday to hear Carrick's application to vary the freezing orders.
She agreed to adjourn that application after counsel for Carrick said the women had sought information relating to his finances and time was required to compile that.