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Care home assistant accused of forgery

A NURSING home care assistant has denied forging prescriptions at a west Dublin pharmacy.

Sarah Maher (34) is charged with two counts of possession of forged prescriptions.

She has asked to be tried by judge and jury instead of being dealt with at district court level.

The case against her was adjourned when she appeared at Blanchardstown District Court.

Ms Maher, of Kilmahuddrick Avenue, Clondalkin, is facing two counts of possession of forged prescriptions.

The offences are alleged to have happened on October 5, 2012, at Doc Morris Pharmacy, Neilstown Shopping Centre, Clondalkin.

On a previous date, a State Solicitor said the DPP was directing summary disposal of the charges at district court level.

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Judge David McHugh had accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

However, when the case came back before the court, defence barrister Elizabeth Davey asked Judge McHugh to reconsider jurisdiction.

Ms Davey said the accused was originally arrested under different legislation, which would have given her the right to choose to be dealt with in the circuit court.

The alleged forgery was an "inherently dishonest offence" that had serious implications for her livelihood.

The accused was adamant that she was innocent.

Ms Maher had been working as a care assistant in nursing homes for the past 10 years and was having difficulties with her employment as a result of the case.

"This is a massive deal to her," Ms Davey said.

aphelan@herald.ie


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