Date set for US trial of Irish nanny accused of murder

The trial of Aisling Brady McCarthy, the Irish nanny accused of murdering a baby, will take place in October, it emerged following a hearing yesterday.

Ms Brady McCarthy is on bail following her release from jail earlier this month, where she had been held for more than two years since her arrest following the death of one-year-old Rehma Sabir.

She appeared in Middlesex Superior Court yesterdaywearing a long skirt that covered an electronic ankle bracelet, with one of her sisters and husband Don McCarthy.

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The hearing was called to put together a timetable ahead of the trial, which has been delayed a number of times, the latest as a dispute emerged over the medical evidence to be presented.

A review of various medical reports submitted by the defence is being carried out by the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner’s office. That review will be completed by June 5 and a further hearing has been pencilled in for June 9.

However, the trial will not take place until after the summer.

Outside the court after the hearing, Melinda Thompson, Brady McCarthy’s lawyer, said her client “looks terrific” after spending a couple of weeks free from jail.

Thompson also praised the medical examiner’s office for its work.

Ms Brady McCarthy, 35, from Lavey, Co Cavan, is accused of first degree murder, that she so violently shook Rehma it caused brain trauma. Rehma died in hospital two days after she was found unresponsive in her parents’ apartment near Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors allege Brady McCarthy was the only person with the child during the time period when the fatal injuries occurred.

However, her defence has questioned the conclusions of the prosecution medical experts and also claim there is evidence of previous injuries to the child as well as a history of malnutrition.

Ms Brady McCarthy, who lived in Quincy, south of Boston, at the time of her arrest, arrived in the US more than a decade ago. She overstayed her visa and therefore was in the country illegally.

Prosecutors are expected to call some 50 witnesses for the trial and take four to six weeks to lay out their case. The defence is expected lay out its arguments over one and one and a half weeks. It will last close to two months.

Ms Brady McCarthy was released on $15,000 bail, is under house arrest and must wear an electronic ankle bracelet that reveals her position at all times.

Judge Hogan urged both sides to be ready because the trial was going ahead in October.

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