Thursday 14 November 2019

Dance teacher 'can't pay' €400k award to sex abuse victim

Michael Quigley hasn’t paid his victim
Michael Quigley hasn’t paid his victim

Greg Harkin

An IRISH dance teacher found to have sexually abused a pupil when she was a teenager has been ordered to produce details of his expenses after failing to pay any of a €400,000 High Court compensation ruling.

Retired printer Michael Quigley (70) told Letterkenny District Court that he did not have the means to pay anything to 44-year-old Dana Doherty.

Quigley, of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny, has lost several High Court cases in the matter. He underwent two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges but the juries were unable to reach verdicts.

Ms Doherty then took a civil case and was awarded €400,000. He appealed that award and in July the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.

In December, the High Court ruled that Quigley had deliberately transferred two properties into the name of his wife to avoid paying Ms Doherty compensation.

Quigley repeatedly insisted at Letterkenny court yesterday that he didn't have any money to pay.

"I have not made any effort because I'm not in a position to pay anything. My only assets are my pensions," he told Orlagh Sharkey, solicitor for Ms Doherty.

He said he had a €339-a-week pension and Stg£5,919 in a northern credit union account.

Ms Sharkey challenged him on his claim that he paid half of the mortgage on his home in a statement of means provided to the court.

"This is in direct contradiction to a statement made by your wife to the High Court in which she said in evidence that she paid all of the mortgage on your home," said Ms Sharkey to the witness.

"That's not the case," replied Quigley.

Ms Sharkey said Quigley's statement on his monthly expenditure was 'entirely contradictory' set against previous court hearings.

Quigley's wife Alice had claimed in one court to be the sole owner of property whereas Quigley was now claiming the ownership of the property was "a joint enterprise", she said.

Ms Doherty, who is seeking €1,000 per month, was not in court.

Judge Kelly gave Quigley until March 4 to produce credit union records for 2014 and this month and vouched expenditure for January.

Irish Independent

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