Tuesday 25 October 2016

Irish nanny charged with baby’s murder to remain under house arrest in US

Aisling Brady McCarthy at her bail hearing in Massachusetts yesterday
Aisling Brady McCarthy at her bail hearing in Massachusetts yesterday

AN Irish nanny charged with the first-degree murder of a one-year-old infant in the US has been released from jail after nearly two-and-a-half years.

Aisling Brady-McCarthy (36) must remain under house arrest and wear a GPS tracking device for the duration of her trial.

She broke down in tears following the ruling at a court in Massachusetts yesterday.

The Cavan woman was charged with killing Rehma Sabir in January 2013.

She must give her passport to US authorities but will be allowed to leave her home for court dates, meetings with her attorneys and doctor’s appointments.

She left Middlesex County Superior Court shortly after the ruling in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Ms Brady-McCarthy’s defence attorney, Melinda Thompson, spoke of her client’s relief at the decision.

“It’s absolutely fantastic, just the fact that she can go home. It’s pretty emotional. Aisling is completely relieved to be out of jail,” she said.

Judge Maureen B Hogan described the review into  medical evidence, which is underway, as “rare and significant”.

The prosecution had raised fears that Ms Brady-McCarthy would be taken into federal custody and deported upon being granted bail.

However, Judge Hogan said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement told her it would consider Ms Brady-McCarthy as being under constructive state custody as long as she agreed to the terms of the bail, and that she would be allowed to remain in the US for the trial.

It also emerged that the  medical review, launched by the state medical examiner’s office after the defence submitted reports from nine medical experts which said the infant had not been murdered, would take at least a month to complete.

The trial will not begin until July at the earliest.

Locals from Ms Brady-McCarthy’s hometown in Lavey, Co Cavan, were last night delighted when the news reached them.

Fr Kevin Fay, the local parish priest, described the development as “really fantastic”.

He said there was a “huge sense of support for Aisling from locals and all the people around” her hometown.

Joe O’Reilly, a Fine Gael TD from Cavan, also welcomed the news and said the local support for Ms Brady-McCarthy and the Brady family was “very genuine”.

During the hearing, Ms Thompson claimed the prosecution had attacked the Irish Government and alleged it would try to “sneak [Ms Brady-McCarthy] out of the country” if she was granted bail.

Ms Thompson requested bail to be set at $15,000 (€13,400) and said Ms Brady-McCarthy had the support of her family some of whom live in the United States.

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