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Secretary denies she was told what to say

Published 20/11/2012 | 09:58

THE FORMER secretary of a District Court judge accused of attempting to deceive her friend out of half his estate has denied being told what to say by the accused.

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Heather Perrin (60) is accused of tricking Thomas Davis into bequeathing half his €1m estate to her two children while he was a client of her solicitor's firm. On Friday, Ms. Perrin's defence team called Pauline Ball as a witness. She worked as a legal secretary for the accused for eight years. Ms. Ball insisted that Ms. Perrin did read over the will to Mr. Davis before he signed it, including the part bequeathing half his estate to her children. She said she has 'absolutely no doubt' all the will was read out. Mr. Davis previously gave evidence that the will was never read over to him and that he was unaware the Perrin children were such large beneficiaries until almost a year later.

He also said he did not think Ms. Ball was in the room at the time. Ms Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to deceptively inducing Mr. Davis to bequeath half of his estate to Sybil and Adam Perrin at her office on Fairview Strand on January 22, 2009. Prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn asked Ms. Ball about her two garda interviews, which were a year apart. In the first interview, she said she drafted ' the bones' of Mr. Davis's will in February 2009. The court heard previously that the will was signed on January 22, 2009. In Ms. Ball's second interview, she said she drafted it ' a few weeks' before the date it was signed.

Mr. McGinn asked how her memory of the events seemed to be improving and suggested it was because ' Ms. Perrin told you what to say and you've learned your story better'. The witness denied this. Closing speeches before Judge Mary Ellen Ring were expected on Monday.

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