Doctor forged will of elderly patient

A doctor who operated out of a surgery in Dundalk has been given a suspended sentence for his role in the forging an elderly women’s will in a bid to secure €1.9m.

A doctor who operated out of a surgery in Dundalk has been given a suspended sentence for his role in the forging an elderly women’s will in a bid to secure €1.9m.

Dr James Cassidy (62), Killyman Road, Dungannon initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but changed his plea to guilty earlier this year.

An18 month prison sentence, suspended for three years, was handed down to Dr Cassidy. Two other men were found guilty of offences arising out of the case.

Catherine ‘Kitty’ Haughey was found dead in the living quarters of her south Armagh pub in December 2004. It emerged her will had been changed two weeks before her death. Ms Haughey was a widow with no children. .

As a result of the investigaion her body was exhumed in 2007 and it was found that she died of natural causes.

A fourth accused, Dr Cassidy’s secretary Niamh Hearty, was unanimously found not guilty of forging the widow’s signature.

Ms Haughey’s forged, handwritten last will attempted to redirect the childless widow’s fortune from charitable organisations and a female friend called Alice Quinn.