Wednesday 23 May 2018

Bailey's partner must hand over all medical records to State

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Ian Bailey's partner Jules Thomas has to hand over all medical records spanning a 20-year period as part of her action over her alleged wrongful arrest against the State, a judge ruled.

Mr Justice John Hedigan directed the medical records, including GP and hospital records, should be handed over to the legal team for the Garda Commissioner and the State.

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

Mr Bailey failed in his separate action alleging gardai conspired to frame him for Ms Toscan du Plantier's murder. He is appealing that decision.

Ms Thomas' claim is brought on grounds including that gardai wrongfully arrested her during the investigation between 1997 and 2000.

The court heard she was willing to give certain GP, counselling and psychiatric records. But the State applied for all records from 1993.

The judge said it was in everybody's interest for the case to be heard as soon as possible and gave her eight weeks to produce the records.

Separately, the Court of Appeal will next June hear an appeal by Ms Thomas against a decision allowing the Garda Commissioner and State to bring a preliminary application which could lead to large parts of her action being struck out.

Irish Independent

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