Friday 17 November 2017

Dementia test on man in €4.7m rape award case

Tim Healy

A MAN at the centre of a €4.7m abuse award case has undergone a brain scan to help determine whether he is suffering from dementia, which could lead to the award being set aside.

Last November, Joseph Carrick was ordered to pay €4m to Jacqueline O'Toole and €700,000 to Geraldine Nolan. The awards came after two separate High Court juries found he raped them when they were children.

Carrick (72), of Carysfort Woods, Blackrock, Co Dublin, was not represented during those trials, claiming he was unable to pay his solicitors and he also did not represent himself.

Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne has been told there may be an application to have the awards set aside as there were questions as to his mental capacity. The court heard he may be suffering from dementia and his lawyers needed time to submit an affidavit from a psychiatrist.

The matter was adjourned to yesterday when the court was told the psychiatrist had said there was evidence Carrick was suffering from global cognitive impairment. An MRI brain scan had also been carried out and more time was needed to allow the psychiatrist to examine the results, John Rogers, for Carrick, said.

Ms Justice Dunne adjourned the matter for three weeks.

Irish Independent

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