Monday 18 November 2019

Ian Bailey case: Jury due back in court on Thursday

Ian Bailey Pic: Courts Collins
Ian Bailey Pic: Courts Collins

Tim Healy

The jury hearing Ian Bailey’s civil action for damages are due back in court Thursday after being sent away while legal issues in the case were addressed.

The case opened last November.

Evidence concluded earlier this month after 59 days of testimony from some 90 witnesses, of whom about 70 were called by the State.

The case was then adjourned for a week due to commitments of various jurors and resumed on its 60th day when the jury were told by Mr Justice John Hedigan it had not proved possible to resolve a range of legal issues between the sides.

In those circumstances, the judge said the court would have to address the legal matters and the jury would not be required while decisions were made on the various legal issues.

Closing speeches would certainly start on Thursday morning, he said.

Mr Bailey’s side will make their closing arguments first. That will be followed by closing arguments from the State after which Mr Justice Hedigan will charge the jury.

It is expected the speeches and charge will run for a number of days with the effect the jury may not be sent out to consider their verdict until late this week or early next week.

The action,  brought against the Garda Commissioner and State, arises from the investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, whose body was found near her holiday home at Toormore, Schull, Co Cork, on December 23, 1996.

The defendants deny all of Mr Bailey’s claims, including wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and conspiracy to manufacture evidence.

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