Wednesday 21 February 2018

Bid to halt Ian Bailey partner's arrest case adjourned

Jules Thomas
Jules Thomas

Tim Healy

The State's bid to prevent the partner of Ian Bailey proceeding with her action for damages over her alleged wrongful arrest has been adjourned at the High Court.

Jules Thomas is claiming wrongful arrest on dates in 1997 and 2000 by gardaí investigating the 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

In April, lawyers for the Garda Commissioner and State indicated that they intended to apply to have Ms Thomas's claim for wrongful arrest struck out on grounds that it was brought outside the applicable six-year legal time limit.

The State had made a similar application in Mr Bailey's case.

That application was made in late March, towards the end of the hearing of Mr Bailey's 64-day action for damages, and was granted by Mr Justice John Hedigan.

The judge permitted Mr Bailey's claim that gardaí conspired to implicate him in the murder of Ms du Plantier to go to the jury for consideration.

The jury unanimously dismissed that claim.


The judge will today hear submissions from the sides as to who must pay the costs of Mr Bailey's action, which legal sources estimate could be as high as €5m.

When Ms Thomas's separate action was mentioned on Monday, Michael Lynn SC told Mr Justice Hedigan he had just come into the case for Ms Thomas and wanted a six-week adjournment of the State's application to allow him time to address it.

Paul O'Higgins SC, with Luán O Braonáin SC, for the State, indicated his side was consenting to the six-week adjournment.

There was also consent to the adjournment of separate contempt proceedings brought by the DPP against various media outlets arising from Mr Bailey's case, counsel said.

Irish Independent

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