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The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

The father-of-three pleaded guilty to stealing €10,000 in 2006 and 2009.

A DANCE teacher found by a civil court to have sexually abused a pupil when she was a teenager, has been ordered to produce bank statements after failing to pay any of a €400,000 High Court compensation ruling.

Michael Quigley (70) told Letterkenny District Court that he did not have the means to pay anything to 44-year-old Dana Doherty.

Quigley, of Barnhill Park, Letterkenny, has lost several High Court cases in the matter.

Juries in two criminal trials in Letterkenny on indecent assault charges failed to reach verdicts.

Ms Doherty then took a civil action and was awarded €400,000. Last July, the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal over the award.

In December, the High Court ruled that Quigley had deliberately transferred two properties into the name of his wife to avoid paying compensation.

Under cross-examination at Letterkenny court yesterday Quigley repeatedly insisted that he didn't have any money.

PENSIONS

When pressed by Ms Doherty's solicitor, Orlagh Sharkey, as to why he hadn't paid anything since the court order, Quigley replied: "I have not made any effort because I'm not in a position to pay anything. My only assets are my pensions."

Judge Paul Kelly was told by Quigley's solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, that he had €339-a-week from his pensions.

In a statement of means handed into the court, Quigley said he had nothing left once he had paid his bills.

Ms Sharkey challenged him on his claim that he paid half - or almost half - of the mortgage on his home.

"This is in direct contradiction to a statement made by your wife to the High Court in which she said she paid all of the mortgage on your home," said Ms Sharkey to the witness.

"That's not the case," replied Quigley.

He was then questioned about his bank accounts and he confirmed he had Stg£5,919 in a credit union in Derry.

Ms Doherty, who wasn't in court, is seeking a court order for the payment of €1,000 per month.

Judge Kelly ordered that all Quigley's expenses and account details for 2014 and this month should be supplied when the case is heard again on March 4.

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