Thursday 22 March 2018

Perrin's fall from grace: top judge to criminal

Former solicitor faces up to five years in jail for her deception

Heather Perrin
Heather Perrin


HEATHER Perrin was truly a pillar of the community in Malahide, north Dublin. She was a leading light in the Girls' Brigade. The Church of Ireland parish newsletter still lists her name and number as the main contact point for the Christian group for young girls. She was a stalwart in the north Dublin Anglican community.

As a solicitor with her own practice in Fairview, she was often called on or offered to look after legal issues as they arose in the community, such as property sales and other legal housekeeping. Given the trouble in which she now finds herself, it is not surprising that a veil of silence has been drawn over the name of Heather Perrin.

Last week, Ms Perrin made history in all the wrong ways. She became the first member of the judiciary in the history of the State to be convicted of a criminal offence. She could also become the first to be impeached, if she fails to resign. A unanimous jury found that she had tried to trick an elderly client into changing his will to leave half of his estate worth more than €1m to her two adult children, Sybil and Adam Perrin. She could face up to five years in jail when she is sentenced on Wednesday.

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