October 1996: The Irish nun Sister Dominic and the homeless Pablo McCabe are arrested for historical sex offences. This is one of the most notorious and thoroughly documented miscarriages of justice in the history of the Irish Republic.
On June 10, 1999, Pablo McCabe and Nora Wall (the former Sister Dominic) are convicted of HISTORICAL SEX OFFENCES including the rape of a then 10 year old girl in 1987 or 1988. At the time of this imaginary offence, Wall was in ther service of the Sisters of Mercy. She is said to be the first woman in the history of Eire to be convicted of rape, the first person to receive a life sentence for rape, and the only person in the history of the country to be convicted on the evidence of repressed memory - which does not exist. Her co-defendant was schizophrenic.
The two witnesses at the heart of this case were Regina Walsh and Patricia Phelan, both of them capricious liars. CAPRICIOUS and MALICIOUS. Phelan had made at least two previous false rape allegations. The convictions of both Nora Wall and Pablo McCabe were soon quashed, although it was not until December 2005 (three years after McCabe’s death) that the final chapter was written.
The article below is a good summary. The full findings of fact can be found here.
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