A high-profile criminal defence solicitor is to stand trial accused of theft and perverting the path of justice.
Cahir O’Higgins (45) had been charged closing month and modified into as soon as given bail alongside with his case listed for the first time on Tuesda y sooner than Dublin District Court docket.
Mr O’Higgins, who denies the bills, failed to gain to attain to court docket. Resulting from the Covid-19 disaster most defendants gain been excused from attending their cases.
The Dublin solicitor is accused of theft of €400 belonging to a Spanish man who modified into as soon as a defendant in District Court docket proceedings, on July 30th, 2016.
The theft allegedly took place at a Londis store, on Parkgate Avenue, end to the Criminal Courts of Justice constructing.
This offence is contrary to allotment four of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.
Mr O’Higgins modified into as soon as furthermore accused of four counts of perverting the path of public justice contrary to general regulations, on December 8th and December 17th, within the Notify and at the Bridewell Garda region in Dublin.
These bills suppose intent to pervert the path of public justice, by producing to investigating Det Garda Colm Kelly a duplicate of notes purportedly made by him on July 30th, 2016 which contained data that he knew to be spurious and that he knew the notes had been no longer made on this date.
These offence are in the context of a criminal investigation into the theft allegation.
Proof of arrest, price and caution modified into as soon as given by Det Garda Colm Kelly.
He told District Court docket president settle Colin Daly that on April 7th closing, he arrested Mr O’Higgins at 2.28pm at the Bridewell Garda region. He modified into as soon as then charged with the 5 offences.
He modified into as soon as cautioned and his answer to all bills modified into as soon as: “I’m very a lot surprised at this allegation, I’m no longer guilty, I will resolution it at the ideal time in court docket.”
The settle heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed trial on indictment on all matters. This implies the solicitor will face trial sooner than a settle and jury in the circuit criminal court docket.
Defence counsel Karl Monahan told the settle, “there could be a discipline of prosecutorial prolong in this case.”
The settle told him that modified into as soon as a topic for the trial nevertheless the barrister spoke back that he modified into as soon as required to set up it on narrative at this level.
The case modified into as soon as adjourned for a e book of proof to be carried out by the DPP and served on the accused at the following hearing on June 16th in the district court docket.
Mr O’Higgins, whose be aware is essentially essentially based mostly at Dublin’s Parkgate Avenue, has time and again featured amongst the head correct abet earners, and has represented defendants at every level of the criminal justice machine.
His firm Cahir O’Higgins & Firm Solicitors provides a selection of correct products and services together with criminal defence, ligation, civil, and human rights regulations.
In 2017, he modified into as soon as very best paid correct abet solicitor in the nation when he got €486,997.