Former judge Heather Perrin pleads guilty to falsifying an account when a solicitor

Friday 22 February 2013 22.12
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Perrin from Lambay Court, Malahide, was jailed last November for two and half years for deception
Perrin from Lambay Court, Malahide, was jailed last November for two and half years for deception
Former judge, Heather Perrin remanded in custody until 13 March
Former judge, Heather Perrin remanded in custody until 13 March

Former District Court Judge Heather Perrin has appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on a further criminal charge related to her time as a practising solicitor.

The 61-year-old, who is currently serving a sentence for deception, pleaded guilty to falsifying an account while she was a solicitor.

Perrin from Lambay Court, Malahide, was jailed last November for two and half years for deception.

A jury found she had induced an elderly client to include her children as major benficiaries in his will.

She resigned as a judge two days before her sentence was imposed.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning she pleaded guilty to falsifying an account with the intention of making a gain between May 2004 and February 2009.

Perrin was brought to court from prison and stood while the charge was read out to her.

The court was told a trial date had been set for March but that date would not now be required.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring adjourned sentence to 13 March.

The former judge was remanded in custody until that date.

Perrin denied the charges during her trial last year, but later said she accepted the jury’s verdict.

The trial judge said she had deceived an elderly client Thomas Davis at a time in his life when he was dealing with the sensitive and difficult issue of his will.

Mr Davis had told the court Perrin was his solicitor and long standing friend. She was like family to him and he trusted her.