Thursday, 22 November 2012

The fall and fall of Judge regime-alike Perrin

I don't know if any of you have had the misfortune to grace one of our courtrooms?  Or been present with someone who has? 

Or even read about the myriad instances of poor, unfortunate bastards hauled up before the modern-day despots who preside over them on the flimsiest of transgressions?

Usually motoring ones.  Ahem.

It's a scary experience. 

Imagine, into the bargain, being a polish person called up to the court of Mayo despot Mary Devins  (see link).  How are such patent idiots appointed as judges in Ireland?   Is there no quality control?

What about today's news of another one, convicted of diddling a client - in her solicitor life prior to being conferred a judge - of a cool €500,000?  See  below:

Judge facing ruin after trying to trick pal over €1m will

By Alan O'Keeffe, Evening Herald, Wednesday November 21 2012

THE judge convicted of trying to trick a friend out of half his €1m estate faces losing out on her judicial pension. Judge Heather Perrin has been on sick leave and has not worked the minimum five years needed to draw down part of her pension.

She now faces up to five years in jail, with pressure expected to mount on Justice Minister Alan Shatter to seek her impeachment.

The 60-year-old judge was ordered to hand in her passport to Malahide Garda Station yesterday as she awaits next Thursday's sentencing hearing.

The District Court judge was convicted of attempting to deceive Thomas Davis out of half of his estate while he was a client of her solicitor's firm.

Her trial heard she tricked the elderly man into bequeathing half his estate, worth about €1m, to her own two children.

Perrin ran a solicitor's practice in Fairview in Dublin before being appointed a District Court judge in February 2009, a month after she carried out the scam.

The jury returned a guilty verdict yesterday and Perrin was remanded for sentencing.
If she does not appeal her conviction or resign, she could trigger the first ever successful impeachment of an Irish judge.

A judge can only be removed by a joint resolution adopted by both houses of the Oireachtas for "stated misbehaviour or incapacity".

Perrin has been a leading light in the Christian Girls' Brigade and a respected member of the Anglican parishes of Malahide and Portmarnock.

She appeared shocked at the verdict. She wiped away tears and was comforted by her husband Albert and supporters.

Perrin, of Lambay Court, Malahide, pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to deceptively inducing Thomas Davis to bequeath half of his estate to Sybil and Adam Perrin at her office on Fairview Strand on January 22, 2009.

According to the prosecuting counsel Dominic McGinn, Perrin fought the case using "lies, half-truths and deceptions". When the scam first came to light she claimed it was a mistake by her secretary but later claimed she had drafted the will in line with Mr Davis's instructions.

Her defence team suggested that Mr Davis, who is in his eighties, suffered memory problems and had forgotten leaving half his estate to the Perrin children. The prosecution produced medical evidence that Mr Davis had no memory problems.

Charges of deception relating to the will of Mr Davis's wife, Ada, were dropped before the trial because her mental state has declined to the point where she is unable to give evidence.
The trial heard Thomas and Ada Davis decided to make their wills with Perrin before she was officially made a judge.

Mr Davis gave instructions to leave €2,000 each to various churches, €2,000 each to Perrin's children and split everything else between his two nieces.

As has been wondered aloud before:  who judges the judges?   And what will next week's sentence be? 

One can only imagine a judge might get roughed-up big-time sharing living space with (official) fellow-crims.    She'd be safer in the Dail.

 Irish Officialdom, as expressed by the courts, is ever mindful of this, and is inclined to be lenient with its own. 

Plod, politician or judge.

Let's see what happens, shall we?   

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Ella said...

Hi GM, - I love that "She appeared shocked at the verdict". Many middle class types are. They think it's ok for them to commit a "white collar " crime but it's not ok to rob a bank - courts and convictions are not for the likes of them that's why they are so shocked. I agree with you - let's wait and see the sentence and I bet it will be less than if somebody had robbed a similar amount from a bank.

DC3 said...

Surprise, surprise, they're Politically appointed by GENIUSES, with all the common sense of an empty sack of SPUDS.

"Is there no quality control?" Yeah the ELECTORATE (see above).

"Many middle class types are." It's the ones lacking EMPATHY which are the problem...Nothing worse than this noxious materialistic OOOOIIIIRRRRISH ilk. Which have, by the way, dramatically increased, in size, over the last 20 years in this asylum.

It's the callousness and casualness of their complete lack of genuine awareness, that has arisen in the last 10 to 15 years within this "PSEUDO class," which is the most unpalatable aspect. Frightening.

I think the term is Ponses, aided and abetted by THE MOST ROTTEN SYSTEM IN THE KNOWN WORLD.

Aine said...

She will appear before one of her collegues and won't spend a day in jail. She will get a suspended sentence They let off rapists don't they if they're wealthy. The law is an ass

The Gombeen Man said...

Judges have even escaped child-porn charges in Ireland, due to badly timed Garda warrants.

What a country.

Pete said...

Suspended sentence, the judge will say thst the shsme on your reputstion is enough of a sentence. If she was Maria from Cabra, WELL GUESS WHAT...

The Gombeen Man said...

The sentencing is tomorrow, Pete. I have to say, I share your sentiments.