Fraudster judge Heather Perrin in jail unit with Scissor Sister
Published 01/12/2012 | 05:00
JAILED judge Heather Perrin has been granted a lengthy visit by her husband Albert after transferring into a house for female offenders where she will spend the next 22 months of her life.
She is said to be settling into her new surroundings with two convicted killers among her housemates, including one of the notorious Scissor Sisters.
The fraudster spent her first night in a health centre where she was monitored before moving into Laurel House, one of the units in the Dochas centre for female offenders in the Mountjoy complex.
She is sharing the house with 19 other prisoners but has been allocated a single cell, although the centre is currently operating at a capacity of 122pc.
One of her neighbours in Laurel House is Charlotte Mulhall (28), who was given a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty in 2006 of murdering Farah Swaleh Noor.
The victim's dismembered torso was found in the Royal Canal 10 days after his murder but his head has never been discovered.
Her sister, Linda, was found guilty of his manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. The two became known as the Scissor Sisters. Another housemate is convicted killer Una Black, who is serving a nine-year sentence for the manslaughter of John Malone at Mervue, Galway, in December 2006.
Dochas is meant to hold a maximum 105 prisoners but last night was accommodating a total of 128 women.
Perrin has been allowed a single cell because of her particular circumstances as a former judge, who was used to handing out jail sentences to criminals rather than living with them.
Offenders are usually allowed one half-hour visit a week in the canteen of the centre while remand prisoners can receive a 15-minute visit every day.
But Perrin's husband was allowed to stay much longer at the discretion of governor Mary O'Connor as she had been ill in the run-up to her trial.
Officials said it was not unusual for visits to be extended for certain prisoners, if there were circumstances warranting the decision.
Perrin was sentenced to two-and-a-half years' imprisonment for attempting to con an elderly friend into leaving half of his €1m estate to her two children.
But with remission for good behaviour, she will be due for release in September 2014.
She is entitled to apply for temporary release but officials said that any request is unlikely to be considered until she has completed at least half of her sentence.
After a few days in Laurel House, staff will speak to her about taking part in work or educational programmes.