A TOP CRIMINAL defence solicitor is to face trial accused of theft and perverting the direction of justice.
Cahir O’Higgins, 45, had been charged remaining month and became as soon as given bail along with his case listed this present day for the principle time earlier than Dublin District Court.
O’Higgins, who denies the charges, didn’t want to reach to court docket. Because of the the Covid-19 crisis most defendants had been excused from attending their conditions.
The Dublin solicitor is accused of theft of €400 belonging to a Spanish man who became as soon as a defendant in district court docket proceedings, on 30 July, 2016. The theft allegedly took space at a Londis shop, on Parkgate Avenue, in relation to the Criminal Courts of Justice constructing.
This offence is contrary to allotment four of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.
O’Higgins became as soon as also accused of four counts of perverting the direction of public justice contrary to standard legislation, on 8 December and 17 December, within the Tell and on the Bridewell Garda role in Dublin.
These charges enlighten intent to pervert the direction of public justice, by producing to investigating Detective Garda Colm Kelly a duplicate of notes purportedly made by him on 30 July, 2016 which contained files that he knew to be fraudulent and that he knew the notes had been now no longer made on this date.
These offence are in the context of a criminal investigation into the theft allegation.
Proof of arrest, fee and caution became as soon as given by Detective Garda Colm Kenny this present day.
He suggested district court docket president Judge Colin Daly that on 7 April remaining, he arrested Mr O’Higgins at 2.28pm on the Bridewell Garda role. He became as soon as then charged with the 5 offences.
He became as soon as cautioned and his reply to all charges became as soon as: “I am greatly surprised at this allegation, I am now no longer responsible, I will solution it on the appropriate time in court docket.”
Judge Daly heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed trial on indictment on all issues. This methodology the solicitor will face trial earlier than a mediate and jury in the circuit criminal court docket.
Defence counsel Karl Monahan suggested Judge Daly, “There could be a be anxious of prosecutorial delay in this case.”
The mediate suggested him that became as soon as a subject for the trial however the barrister answered that he became as soon as required to position it on file at this point.
The case became as soon as adjourned for a guide of proof to be done by the DPP and served on the accused on the following listening to on 16 June in the district court docket.
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