Man accused of 1999 robbery says trial should not go ahead
A MAN accused of a robbery from 16 years ago says his trial should not go ahead because he was not prosecuted with reasonable expedition.
The High Court action has been brought by Declan Doyle (42), of Stanaway Road, Crumlin, Dublin, who is charged with committing the offence at a time, he says, when his life was "quite disordered" because he was addicted to drugs.
He seeks an order preventing the DPP from prosecuting him over the 1999 robbery.
He says he has turned his life around and remained drugs free for16 years. He cannot remember anything about the alleged offence.
He says given a period of 16 years has elapsed since the alleged offence, his trial now would amount to unwarranted and disproportionate interference with his constitutional rights.
It is also claimed he will not get a fair trial because of the length of time and that there is no public interest in bringing the matter before the courts.
Mr Justice Richard Humphreys adjourned the application for two weeks.