High Court orders Bailey to pay full costs after failed case against the State

High Court orders Bailey to pay full costs after failed case against the State

The High Court has ordered that Ian Bailey pay the full costs of his failed legal battle against the State.

The former journalist alleged that he had been unlawfully arrested by gardaí investigating the 1996 murder of French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Schull, Co Cork.

Ian Bailey refused to answer questions from journalists on how he plans to pay this multimillion euro legal bill or if he plans to appeal today's costs ruling.

At today's cost hearing Mr Bailey's lawyers argued the case’s duration would have been halved if the State had not waited until the dying days of the trial to apply - successfully- for the bulk of his case to be struck out as statute barred.

Mr Justice John Hedigan said he found that argument unreal and given the gravity of the allegations Mr Bailey had made against the gardaí, he believes there would have been a public outcry if the State parties tried at the outset to close down the case on a technicality.


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