Judge was visibly upset when told of deception allegations, court hears

A jury has heard today that a District Court judge Heather Perrin was visibly upset when gardaí informed her last July that she was to be charged with deception.

The prosecution has now finished calling evidence against the former solicitor of Lambay Court, Malahide, Dublin, who denies deceiving pensioner Thomas Davis into leaving half his estate to her children on January 22, 2009.

In interviews last year, Perrin put it to gardaí that Thomas Davis' niece might be behind the deception allegations, unhappy that her share of her uncle's €1m estate was to be diluted.

The solicitor, who was appointed to the bench in 2009, denies tricking the pensioner and said he had asked her to change his will so that her children would share in his estate because he was unhappy with how his nieces were spending money.

When asked why Mr Davis denied this, she said she could not explain it, but he and his wife were in their 80s and may have forgotten.

The court has heard that when gardaí called out to Heather Perrin on July 13 last and informed her she was to be charged, she was visibly upset, blanched and had to sit down.

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