Medical evidence review in Irish nanny murder case continues

Aisling Brady McCarthy: US court told medical examiner needs at least another 30 days

Aisling Brady McCarthy watches as her attorney addresses the court during a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, May 19th, 2015. File photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Aisling Brady McCarthy watches as her attorney addresses the court during a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, May 19th, 2015. File photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

 

The Massachusetts medical examiner is continuing to review evidence in the case of Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy who is accused of murdering a one-year-old child in her care in January 2013.

US Judge Maureen Hogan was told by lawyer David Meier, representing Ms McCarthy, that the medical review was still ongoing and that it would take at least another 30 days before it is completed.

The judge had expected the medical review to be completed by now. Mr Meier said the medical examiner had indicated to him that the review might not be completed after a further 30 days and said another status hearing ahead of the long-delayed trial should be held in 30 days’ time.

Pleaded not guilty

Ms McCarthy (36), who is originally from Co Cavan, has pleaded not guilty to attacking Rehma Sabir at her family’s home in Cambridge near Boston on January 14th, 2013, leading to her death two days later.

Judge Hogan, sitting in the Superior Court of Middlesex County in Woburn, outside Boston, said the additional 30 days should not affect the planned start of Ms McCarthy’s trial on October 13th.

The judge scheduled another status hearing for 2pm on July 9th and ordered a number of discovery disclosures between the sides to take place before then.

Ms McCarthy, who has been living illegally in the US since 2002, was released last month and will remain under house arrest until her trial in October. She has been forced to wear an electronic ankle tag that monitors her movements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.