Case against Wexford man is struck out in the interests of justice

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Enniscorthy Guardian

A case was struck out at a recent sitting of Gorey District Court with the presiding judge saying it was the best thing to do in the interests of justice.

Maria Bernarius, Ballina, Blackwater, Enniscorthy was charged with committing an alleged road traffic offence at Kilmacoe, Curracloe, on January 9, 2021.

When the case went before Judge John Cheatle, the defendant’s barrister pointed out the longevity of time that has elapsed between the date of the alleged offence and the matter coming to court.

The barrister informed the judge that with the state seeking an adjournment in the matter he was looking for it to be struck out.

Judge Cheatle commented that it was “one-and-a-half-years since the alleged offence” and noted that it had taken some time to get the matter back before the court.

The state sought an adjournment for a couple of months because the investigating member is out on maternity leave.

However, having noted the time that already elapsed Judge Cheatle said: “In the interests of justice I will strike it out.”