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June date for Ian Bailey's partner Jules Thomas' appeal over case against State

Published 05/11/2015 | 17:29

Jules Thomas
Jules Thomas

An appeal by Ian Bailey's partner Jules Thomas over part of her case against the State will be heard next June.

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The Court of Appeal is to hear the appeal by Ms Thomas against a decision allowing the Garda Commissioner and State bring a preliminary application which could lead to large parts, and perhaps all, of her action for damages being struck out.

Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts in Dublin, March 30 (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
Ian Bailey and Jules Thomas arrive at the Four Courts in Dublin, March 30 (Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

Ms Thomas initiated proceedings in 2007 seeking damages arising from the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in late 1996.

Her claim was brought on grounds including alleged wrongful arrest and false imprisonment on dates in 1997 and 2000.

A date for the hearing in the High Court of her full action has not yet been fixed. 

In the meantime, the defendants brought a preliminary application aimed at having most, if not all, of her claims struck out on grounds those are brought outside the applicable six year time limit.

She opposes that preliminary application and has appealed a decision by the High Court's Mr Justice John Hedigan's to permit a preliminary hearing of it.

When Ms Thomas' appeal against the decision to permit a hearing on the preliminary issue on the statute point was mentioned at the Court of Appeal Thursday (Nov 5), a date for hearing that appeal was fixed by Mr Justice Peter Kelly for June 1 next.

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