Woman dropped complaint after receiving €20,000, jury told
A woman had withdrawn her complaint against a solicitor after she received €20,000, a jury has been told.
The evidence was heard at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday, where 58-year-old solicitor Denis McMahon is accused of inducing Margaret Duggan by deception to hand over a bank draft for €7,500, with the intention of making a gain for himself or others.
The offence is alleged to have occurred at the offices of McMahon, O’Brien Downes Solicitors at Henry Street, Limerick, on or about November 27th, 2002, where Mr McMahon was a partner at the time. He denies the charge.
In his outline of the case, Seán Gillane SC told the jurors they would hear evidence that Mr McMahon, as part of a settlement from an insurance firm, received €16,506.04 for third-party costs and outlays.
The jury was told Ms Duggan made a complaint to gardaí in November 2006 about Mr McMahon. However, two years later she withdrew the complaint after she received a payment of €20,000 on behalf of the accused.
The case continues.