Former Journalist Ian Bailey has appeal of drug driving conviction adjourned until October

The State Solicitor told a sitting of the appeals court in Skibbereen earlier that they were not in a position to proceed with the hearing of the appeal.

The case was adjourned until October 6th next at Bantry District Court.

Ian Bailey was not required to be in court for the call over of the list this morning.

Lana O’Connor has more for RedFM News:

In May, Ian Bailey of The Prairie, Liscaha in Schull, was disqualified from driving for one year and fined €700, after being convicted of drug driving following his arrest, near Schull in West Cork nearly two years ago. The 64 year old had faced four charges arising out of his arrest on August 25th 2019. Bailey’s defending barrister raised a number of issues in relation to the case, including how Gardaí came to uncover the cannabis both on Ian Bailey and in his car. Inspector, Ian O’Callaghan, prosecuting, defended  the Garda procedures. He said the roadside procedures were totally correct and that once cannabis had been found on Ian Bailey in the search, an experienced officer had correctly formed the opinion that Ian Bailey may have been driving under the influence of a drug. Last May, at Bantry District Court, Judge John King dismissed the charge of possession of cannabis in Ian Bailey’s car, stating that Gardaí had not observed the statutory requirements in detaining the car. However, he convicted Ian Bailey on the other three charges. Ian Bailey’s barrister said that the driving disqualification faced by his client would weigh heavily on him, given that he lived in a rural setting. Judge King convicted Ian Bailey of drug driving and fined him. Recognisance for an appeal was set at Ian Bailey’s own bond of €200 Euro and an appeal was lodged. 

Lana O’Connor, RedFM News”


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