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Judge did read will to client -- secretary

The former secretary of a District Court judge accused of attempting to deceive a friend out of half his estate has denied being told what to say by the accused.

Heather Perrin (60) is accused of tricking Thomas Davis into bequeathing half his €1m estate to her two children while he was a client of her solicitors firm.

Ms Perrin's defence team called Pauline Ball as a witness yesterday. She worked as a legal secretary for Perrin for eight years.

Ms Ball insisted Ms Perrin did read over the will to Mr Davis before he signed it, including the part bequeathing half his estate to her children.


She said she has "absolutely no doubt" that all the will was read out. Mr Davis previously gave evidence that the will was never read over to him and he was unaware the Perrin children were such large beneficiaries until almost a year later when the alleged deception came to light. He did not think Ms Ball was in the room at the time.

Ms Perrin, of Lambay Court, Malahide, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to deceptively inducing Mr Davis to bequeath half of his estate to Sybil and Adam Perrin on January 22, 2009.

Prosecuting counsel asked Ms Ball about her two garda interviews a year apart.

In the first interview she said she drafted "the bones" of Mr Davis's will in February 2009. The court heard previously that the will was signed before this on January 22, 2009.

In Ms Ball's second interview she stated she drafted the document "a few weeks" before the date it was signed.

The prosecuting counsel asked her how her memory of the events seemed to be improving over time and suggested it was because: "Ms Perrin told you what to say and you've learned your story better."

The witness denied this.

The trial continues.