July 26, 2005

Date set for ex-nun's rape case application

One in Four

The Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) has fixed December 1st for the hearing of an application by a former nun, Nora Wall, for a certificate declaring a miscarriage of justice arising from her quashed conviction for rape.

The DPP has already told the appeal court he will not be contesting the application. However, the court will still have to decide whether a certificate should be granted. If Ms Wall secures a certificate declaring a miscarriage of justice, this will entitle her to pursue a claim for damages against the State.

In November 1999, the DPP accepted "fully and ungrudgingly" that Ms Wall and Paul "Pablo" McCabe were entitled to be presumed innocent of all charges brought against them. The court was also told on that occasion that the DPP regretted "the errors which occurred in relation to the handling of this case by the prosecution".

The court had quashed the convictions of both Ms Wall and Mr McCabe in July 1999, following a number of errors in their trial in June 1999.

Posted by kshaw at July 26, 2005 08:14 AM