Tuesday 23 January 2018

Hero brother of tragic Cathriona admits two assaults after funeral

James White Picture: Press 22
James White Picture: Press 22
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A brother of the late Cathriona White and a decorated war hero has pleaded guilty to two assaults arising from a photograph taken at his sister's funeral.

James White (32), who re­ceived the Military Cross from Queen Elizabeth II in 2011 for his heroism in Afghanistan, had his sentencing adjourned at Thurles District Court.

Mr White of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary pleaded guilty to two assaults arising from an incident in November 2015.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath heard that the assaults, on two brothers at an address in Tipperary, arose from photo­graphs taken at the funeral of his sister, Cathriona White (30), in October 2015.

Ms White was the former girl­friend of Jim Carrey and there was substantial media coverage of her funeral in Cappawhite.

Judge MacGrath said the incidents were at the lower end of the scale and she pro­posed dealing with the matter through the restorative justice programme.

Cathriona White
Cathriona White

"Life is too short for people to be going around with a level of fear that could be abated and might be abated," the judge said.

The defence solicitor said his client would support such an option.

Judge MacGrath adjourned the matter until February 28 next to allow the restorative justice option to be explored.

Mr White's sister Cathriona died in Los Angeles in September 2015.

She had been involved in an intermittent relationship with Hollywood actor, Jim Carrey, the star of such films as 'The Mask' and 'Bruce Almighty'.

After Ms White apparently took her own life, Mr Carrey flew to Tipperary to support the White family during funeral arrangements in October 2015. He also carried her coffin.

Mr Carrey said at the time that Cathriona was "a beau­tiful person", but he has since been the focus of legal action from Ms White's former hus­band.

Cathriona's brother James was unable to join the Defence Forces in the early 2000s and, at the urging of his late father, Pat, decided to move to the UK and join the British army.

He served with the Parachute Regiment and reached the rank of Lance Corporal, receiving the Military Cross in 2011 for "multiple acts of bravery". He received his Military Cross from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Irish Independent

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