Saturday 17 March 2018

Aisling Brady McCarthy to launch legal action to expose 'recklessness' in case against her

The former nanny leaving court in Massachusetts after her acquittal
The former nanny leaving court in Massachusetts after her acquittal
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

The Irish nanny cleared of murder charges in Boston is to take legal action over her wrongful detention.

Aisling Brady McCarthy was charged with the murder of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in January 2013.

She spent 27 months in a US prison before eventually seeing all charges against her dropped.

In an interview with the Boston Globe newspaper Ms McCarthy revealed she is planning on taking court action over the case.

She wants the doctor who first implicated her, Dr Alice Newton, as well as District Attorney Marian Ryan held accountable.

She also wants the prosecutors who a judge found withheld exculpatory evidence brought to account.

“They weren’t just wrong in my case, they were reckless,” Ms McCarthy told the newspaper.

“And they never lost a minute’s sleep. They just moved on to the next case. I want to expose this because I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”

“If I don’t let go, it will consume me,” she said. “I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I want to move on.”

The former nanny is now living in her husband's native Cork, where he is working as a painter.

Ms McCarthy explained to the paper that she had "no choice" but to move on from her own native Cavan after the media frenzy around her case and her return.

"I have changed. I don’t trust people like I used to. You’re nearly afraid to get to know people because they’ll say, ‘Oh, you’re the girl from Boston.’ It makes me want to cut my hair off and dye it black".

She has been unable to find work since she was released from prison following the high-profile collapse of the case against her.

"I was a nanny. I’m not going to do that again".

She says the cards and letters of support she received from all around the world kept her going. "That, and the support of my family".

"When I was in prison, I had a loving family that came to see me. I called my husband twice a day. Some of the girls had nobody. Some people have nothing".

Her lawyer - "My guardian angel" - Mindy Thompson, came to visit the family this Christmas in Carlow. All ten siblings were present for the first time in fifteen years. "Mammy was in her glory".

Ms McCarthy is banned from returning to the United States for ten years as a result of overstaying her visa and living illegally in Boston.

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