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Disgraced judge's daughter seeking damages after accident

THE daughter of disgraced Judge Heather Perrin is suing a painting and decorating company for damages following a road traffic accident last year.

Sybil Perrin (25), has taken a personal injury action against the Cavan-based company Rothwell Painters and Decorators Ltd, following a collision that occurred near her home in Malahide.

Heather Perrin was jailed for deception on Wednesday after being convicted of tricking an elderly client, Thomas Davis, into bequeathing half of his estate to her two children in January 2009, weeks before her formal appointment to the bench.

Perrin's son Adam and daughter Sybil were set to receive a share of €500,000 before the fraud was uncovered.

Sybil Perrin launched the legal action against the painting and decorating company in November last year following the accident that happened earlier in 2011.

The most recent High Court listing for the case was in August this year when it was recorded as "setting down for trial". Ms Perrin's solicitor, Shane Allen of Allen & Associates, last night refused to comment on the case, citing "client confidentiality".

He confirmed that the legal action was ongoing. When asked about damages being sought, he said: "I can't discuss any elements of the case".

The threshold for legal actions in the High Court are claims of at least €38,000.

Rothwell Painters and Decorators Ltd are listed as the defendants in High Court filings.

One of the company's directors, Anita Rothwell told the Irish Independent that the accident involved a company vehicle and Ms Perrin's car.

Irish Independent