'Dutchy' lawyer fails to clarify his status
Ann O'Loughlin CONVICTED gangster Patrick 'Dutchy' Holland's Italian legal adviser has not yet handed in his credentials to the Irish courts.
The Chief Justice, Mr Justice John Murray, told Holland yesterday there was still no compliance with his direction last week that Giovanni Di Stefano must file an affidavit setting out his legal qualifications and status and in which member state of the EU he is established as a lawyer.
Mr Justice Murray said he would rule this week on Holland's application to have Mr Di Stefano as his legal representative in his upcoming miscarriage of justice claim before the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Holland (66), from Dublin, was convicted of possession of cannabis in November 1997. The court imposed a 20-year sentence, but that term was later reduced on appeal to 12 years. He is due for release on April 7, but has initiated procedings to have his conviction declared a miscarriage of justice.
Yesterday, he applied for an adjournment of the case, which Mr Justice Murray said he would also rule on later this week.
The Chief Justice said he had received a letter from Mr Di Stefano. He said was "improper" for anyone to write directly to a judge involved in the case, adding that the letter displayed "an ignorance of Irish law".