Sunday 21 January 2018

Jules Thomas must hand over medical records, court rules

Jules Thomas
Jules Thomas

Tim Healy

IAN Bailey’s partner Jules Thomas has to hand over all medical records spanning a 20-year period as part of her action over 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 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork in late 1996.

Her partner, 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 garda wrongfully arrested her during the investigation between 1997 and 2000.

The court heard she had already indicated she was willing to give certain GP, counselling and psychiatric notes and records but the State had applied for all records from 1993.

Mr Justice Hedigan said it was in everybody’s interest to the case be heard as  soon as possible.

He gave her eight weeks to produce the records and the case will come back before the court in June.

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

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