I’m innocent’ – solicitor facing theft trial tells judge
A defence solicitor told a court he is innocent “beyond any doubt” as he was sent forward for trial accused of theft and perverting the course of justice.
“I wish to say the State are aware there are witnesses that prove my innocence beyond any doubt,” Cahir O’Higgins told Judge Colin Daly yesterday after he was served with a book of evidence.
“They should have spoken to them before dragging my name through the mud. They should have spoken to all potential witnesses in an unbiased and impartial manner before charging me with a crime I did not commit.”
Mr O’Higgins (45), who appeared before Dublin District Court, is accused of theft of €400 belonging to a Spanish man who was a defendant in district court proceedings on July 30, 2016.
The theft allegedly happened at a Londis shop on Parkgate Street, close to the Criminal Courts of Justice.
Mr O’Higgins is also accused of four counts of perverting the course of public justice contrary to common law on December 8 and December 17, within the State and at Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin.
These charges allege intent to pervert the course of public justice by producing to the investigating garda a copy of notes purportedly made by him on July 30, 2016, which contained information that he knew to be untrue, and that he knew the notes were not made on this date.
These offences are in the context of a criminal investigation into the theft allegation.
He denies the charges.
The Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment.
A book of evidence was served on Mr O’Higgins in court by Detective Garda Colm Kelly.
Judge Daly then made the order sending him forward for trial on bail to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, where he will face his next hearing on July 10.
He told Mr O’Higgins that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence, he must notify the prosecution within 14 days.
His counsel, Karl Monahan, said four of the alleged offences were not common charges.
He submitted that they were complicated and of a grave nature, particularly for someone in his client’s position.