Thursday 22 February 2018

Blood bank chemist loses legal costs bid

Sonya McLean

A FORMER blood service biochemist who had been charged in relation to the infection of women with Hepatitis C has lost her bid for legal costs.

Cecily Cunningham (68) was charged with seven counts of unlawfully administering infected Anti-D medicine resulting in grievous bodily harm while she worked for the Blood Transfusion Service Board.

All charges were dropped in January 2008 because, as the prosecution said, "changes in evidential subjects were such that a prosecution could not have been sustained".

Ms Cunningham, of Hollybrook Road, Clontarf, Dublin, had denied all charges and previously lost a challenge in the High Court to have the case thrown out.

The case was under judicial review when the decision was made not to proceed.

The hearing for costs was first brought before Judge Desmond Hogan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in October last year and had been adjourned until yesterday for judgment.

Judge Hogan said he was refusing costs, before he added "it does not appear to me that the law allows otherwise".

Irish Independent

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