Tuesday 22 January 2019

Pals accused of Leaving Cert identity swap face trial

TWO school friends who allegedly swapped identities and sat each other's Leaving Cert Physics exams have been sent forward for trial.

Conor Dooney (21) allegedly sat the exam paper for his friend Stephen Boucher, also 21, as he was better at the subject and the result was not important to him.

It is alleged that Dooney, a promising young Irish middle-distance runner, had already been accepted into Yale University in Connecticut on an athletics scholarship.

Dooney, who has now finished his third year at Yale, and Boucher have been sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court on the charges.

Boucher, of Old Bray Road in Foxrock, and Dooney, of Northumberland Avenue in Dun Laoghaire, appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court each charged with forgery.

The alleged incident took place during the Leaving Certificate Physics examination at the Christian Brothers College in Monkstown, where the two were students, on June 16, 2008.

Garda Sergeant Peadar McCann previously alleged that Boucher and Dooney swapped identities and sat each other's higher level Physics exam papers.

The sergeant claimed the deception did not come to light until some time afterwards, and the Department of Education subsequently asked gardai to investigate the incident.

State solicitor Dermot O'Neill said the book of evidence had been served on the defendants who go forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge Clare Leonard remanded them on continuing bail.


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