Sunday 22 April 2018

Troubles grow for the judge few really knew

As Heather Perrin's woes mount, Maeve Sheehan details the downfall of a woman who had earned widespread respect

Heather Perrin
Heather Perrin

LAST week, the former solicitor and District Court judge, Heather Perrin, received her second jail sentence for deceiving her clients. Having been found guilty in November of tricking her elderly friend, Thomas Davis, into bequeathing half of his €1m estate to her two adult children, she pleaded guilty to falsifying another client's account, for her own gain.

It seemed things could hardly get worse for Mrs Perrin. But the Sunday Independent has learnt that another client has reported concerns about a property transaction, for which Mrs Perrin handled the conveyancing, to gardai at Irishtown and the Garda National Bureau of Fraud Investigations.

The Revenue Commissioners, meanwhile, has conducted its own investigation of her affairs, and is suing her for close to €50,000 in allegedly unpaid taxes. The Law Society is also scrutinising her practices as a lawyer and it is expected that she will be struck off the solicitors' roll to ensure she can never again practice.

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