Tuesday 24 October 2017

$4m damages to stop Irish nanny selling her story

Aisling McCarthy Brady
Aisling McCarthy Brady
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A US judge has awarded $4m (€3.6m) in damages to the parents of tragic Rehma Sabir - who died while in the care of Irish nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady.

Rehma's parents, Sameer and Nada Sabir, filed a wrongful death suit against Ms McCarthy Brady after a criminal case against the nanny collapsed.

Attorney Martha Coakley said it was not the intention of the Sabirs to enforce the judgment for damages unless Ms McCarthy tried to profit from the sale of her story in "social media, print media, (or) broadcast (media)."

Ms Coakley told the court that the couple had tried but failed to privately secure an assurance that Ms McCarthy Brady would not try to profit from the case, The Sun reports.

One-year-old Rehma died on January 14, 2013, after suffering injuries in the Sabir family home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ms McCarthy Brady was released from a US jail in August 2015 when the district attorney decided not to prosecute her after a reassessment of the case by the state medical examiner.

She was immediately deported from the US for overstaying her visa and has been living in Ireland since; she did not respond to the copy of the lawsuit delivered to her.

"I'm happy. We fulfilled our objective," said Sameer Sabir after getting the judgment.

“It’s the first time I feel our voice was heard,” his wife Nada added.

Ms McCarthy Brady has not attempted to sell her story thus far, avoiding the spotlight since returning to Ireland.

She spoke briefly in the airport upon her return, saying that she “loved” Rehma and adding: “They were wrong. But it seemed that except for my family and my lawyers no-one would listen.”

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