Monday 19 February 2018

Man in stand-off with judge over Constitution is released

Oliver Sludds at the High Court yesterday. Photo: PADDY CUMMINS
Oliver Sludds at the High Court yesterday. Photo: PADDY CUMMINS

Ray Managh

A man involved in a face-off with a judge walked free from the High Court yesterday.

Oliver Sludds admitted he was wrong to argue the judge could not hear his case unless first producing his oath of office.

Mr Sludds, of Tineshin, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, caused a stir at Wexford District Court on Wednesday when he challenged Judge David Anderson to produce his oath of office.

The 29-year-old quoted from the Constitution on the issue of judges' appointments before disputing the validity of the summons for his arrest, saying it was in the wrong name. He was in court to face a number of motoring offences.

Judge Anderson said he would not grant Mr Sludds bail as he could not accept a bail bond from someone whose signature could not be verified. He ordered the defendant be remanded in Cloverhill Prison in Dublin.

Yesterday at the High Court, counsel for Mr Sludds, Colman Fitzgerald, said Judge Anderson had been wrong not to grant his client bail. He added his client accepted his argument to Judge Anderson was "misconceived".

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy directed Mr Sludds be released. The court was also told the matter had been settled and costs had been agreed between Mr Sludds and the State. A date was not given for Mr Sludds' next appearance back at District Court level to face the motoring charges.

Irish Independent

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