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Ex-classmates face trial on exam forgery charges

A YALE University student and a former classmate are to face trial for allegedly sitting each other's physics Leaving Certificate exams at a Dublin school three years ago.

Conor Dooney (21), now a third-year student at Yale university in the US, who has an address at Northumberland Avenue in Dun Laoghaire; and Stephen Boucher, also aged 21, of Old Bray Road in Foxrock, Dublin, had been charged earlier with forgery.

It is alleged to have taken place during the Leaving Certificate physics examination at their former school, the Christian Brothers College in Monkstown, south Dublin, on June 16, 2008.

Mr Dooney and his co-accused Mr Boucher appeared at Dun Laoghaire District Court yesterday.

State solicitor Dermot O'Neill told Judge Clare Leonard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) consented to the pair being returned for trial at the next term of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


Books of evidence were served on the pair by Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann, and Judge Clare Leonard informed them that if they intended to rely on alibis as part of their defence, they had to notify the State within 14 days.

Both men remained silent during the brief proceedings as the judge made an order sending them forward for trial. The pair were remanded on continuing bail.

Gda Sgt McCann told the court it was alleged Mr Boucher and Mr Dooney swapped identities and sat each other's higher level physics exams during the Leaving Certificate in June 2008.

Sgt McCann said Mr Dooney, a middle distance runner, had already been accepted into Yale University in Connecticut on an athletics scholarship.

He alleged the exam result was not important to Mr Dooney but was to Mr Boucher. The Department of Education had asked gardai to investigate the alleged incident. A file was then sent to the DPP, who directed that the pair be charged with forgery.

Irish Independent