Top solicitor charged with theft and perverting route of justice

A excessive-profile prison law solicitor has been charged with stealing from a defendant and perverting the route of justice by falsifying documents.

A court heard Cahir O’Higgins (45) told gardaí when charged: “I am tremendously a great deal surprised at this allegation. I am no longer guilty.”

He is going thru trial and the case in opposition to him changed into as soon as adjourned for the preparation of a guide of evidence.

He changed into as soon as no longer required to be pronounce when his case came sooner than Dublin District Court docket the earlier day and Receive Colin Daly remanded him on persevering with bail in his absence.

Mr O’Higgins, whose notify is at Kingsbridge Dwelling, Parkgate Street, Dublin, is charged with stealing €400 from a one who changed into as soon as sooner than the courts on July 30, 2016.

The theft is supposed to acquire came about at Londis on Parkgate Street, approach the Criminal Courts of Justice. Mr O’Higgins will be charged with four counts of falsifying documents to pervert the route of justice.

Two counts are supposed to acquire taken region within the Impart on December 8, 2017, and one other two at the Bridewell garda dwelling on December 12 that 365 days.

Basically primarily based on the costs, Mr O’Higgins produced to gardaí a replica of notes purported to were made by him on July 30, 2016, the date of the alleged theft.

Two charges issue the copy of notes changed into as soon as no longer made on the date purported, the diverse two issue it contained recordsdata that Mr O’Higgins knew to be untrue.

Detective Garda Colm Kelly told the court he arrested Mr O’Higgins at the Bridewell garda dwelling for the reason for stamp at 2.28pm on April 7 closing.

Between 2.51pm and 2.56pm, he changed into as soon as charged and cautioned. In acknowledge to the entire charges, Mr O’Higgins acknowledged: “I am tremendously a great deal surprised at this allegation. I am no longer guilty. I’m going to acknowledge it at the appropriate time in court.”

The Director of Public Prosecutions changed into as soon as directing trial on indictment, Det Gda Kelly acknowledged.

Defence barrister Karl Monahan acknowledged there changed into as soon as a disaster of prosecutorial prolong within the case.

Receive Daly acknowledged that is presumably a topic for the trial.

“Or no longer it is a long way a topic I am required to position on the account at the present,” Mr Monahan acknowledged.

Receive Daly remanded Mr O’Higgins on persevering with bail in his absence to June 16. Mr O’Higgins is managing partner of his firm, which provides a fleshy vary of moral services along side prison defence and human rights law.

His notify has represented clients at all levels of the prison justice machine and he has in most cases featured on lists of Ireland’s top-paid moral support solicitors.

The charges in opposition to him are contrary to the Theft and Fraud Offences Act and Overall Regulations.

Irish Independent

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