Zimbabwean accused of falsifying UZ diplomas to work as a clinical psychologist

A Zimbabwean-born man from Drogheda has been accused of using “falsified” university degrees and professional qualifications to work as a clinical psychologist, helping children and vulnerable adults.

Nikiwe Dube of Colpe Drive, Drogheda appeared in Dublin District Court this afternoon.

The 39-year-old is accused of forgery by making fake instruments to get a job in Dublin between 2019 and 2022.

The court heard the Gardaí (local police) search his home and allegedly recovered false papers and a Garda stamp.

Judge Cephas Power was told that the defendant claimed to be a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe, but had never attended university.

Defense barrister Conor McGreevy told the court his client came to Ireland in 2018 as a refugee fleeing persecution and there was no suggestion he faked his identity or used a pseudonym.

Following a contested bail hearing, Judge Power noted the seriousness of the allegations, and the investigator had established a flight risk objection.

However, he said the presumed innocent defendant had been in the state for four years.

In light of these circumstances, the judge granted bail with several conditions, including bail of €20,000, of which he must post €10,000 and an independent bond of €5,000 which must be approved before he can be released. released.

Dube, who did not address the judge at today’s hearing, was held in such conditions and ordered to appear in Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

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