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Friday 18 April 2014

Handwriting expert for forgery case

TWO ACCUSED OF FORGING WILL

HANDWRITING experts would be required in a forged will case in which two accused have appeared before the local Circuit Court.

Fifty-nine-year-old Noel Hayes, of Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co. Wexford, and 49-year-old William O'leary, of Kilhile, Arthurstown, New Ross, Co. Wexford, are before Wexford Circuit Court charged with on a date unknown between December 25, 1998 and January 5, 1999, at Ramsgrange, New Ross, Co. Wexford, they did forge a document, purporting to be a will in the name of Matthew Hayes.

When the case was called before Judge Thomas Teehan, counsel for the defence told the court, that a jury would be required, with the possibility the trial would go into a third week.

'We will require a hand-writing expert. We also ask the matter be adjourned to the June sessions,' added Counsel.

Counsel for the prosecution, Phil Sheahan, B.L., said the original probate document can be inspected in the County Registrar's Office.

'A small amount of other documents with the investigating gardai are also required,' added Counsel for the accused.

The matter was adjourned to the June session with both accused remanded on continuing bail.

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