Wednesday 18 September 2019

Beautician case to be referred to the High Court

Beautician Anne Rossi. Photo: Collins Courts
Beautician Anne Rossi. Photo: Collins Courts

Tom Tuite

A district court trial of a Dublin beautician accused of unlawfully administering Botox-like treatments is to be referred to the High Court to decide if an alleged confession is admissible evidence.

Following legal argument at the non-jury Dublin District Court trial, Judge John Brennan adjourned the case for four weeks.

Prosecution and defence lawyers are to draft a document seeking clarification from the High Court in a procedure known as a consultative case stated.

Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, is being prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on 18 counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act.

She has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The court heard that the term Botox was a brand and trademarked, but not a product featured in the charges. However, it was used as a generic term for similar products which contain the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin A.

HPRA inspector Niall McCarthy has told the trial he was granted a search warrant and went to Ms Rossi's home on the Howth Road in Raheny, Dublin, on the morning of February 19 last year. Invoices from a health products supplier for Dysport were found. She told him that there was Dysport at her business premises.

The Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, was also inspected. Dysport was alleged to have been found in a fridge and Ms Rossi was interviewed under caution and made admissions, the trial heard.

Irish Independent

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