A DISTRICT judge from Co Dublin has gone on trial charged with deception while she was a practising solicitor. Heather Perrin of Lambay Court, Malahide, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Friday to inducing a client to leave half his estate to two of her children.

The prosecution said the alleged crime was discovered when Ms Perrin was appointed a judge in 2009 and transferred her practice to another firm. A client, Thomas Davis, who had been the judge’s friend for decades, had given instructions to leave 2,000 euro each to Ms Perrin’s children and the bulk of his estate to his wife’s nieces. The trial was told Mr Davis signed the will but did not read it because he trusted Ms Perrin. He later requested a copy of the will and everything seemed to be in order. But the solicitors who took over Ms Perrin’s practice later discovered the original will which contained the names of the judge’s two children as beneficiaries of Mr Davis’s estate along with his wife’s nieces. Mr Davis told them this was not his intended will. The estate included Mr Davis’s savings and part of the proceeds from the sale of a 1.8 million euro house he jointly owned. Ms Perrin originally said the mistake was a secretarial error but later told gardai the will reflected Mr Davis ‘ intentions. The trial continues at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.



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