Redmond looking to halt corruption trial

An application will be made on behalf of Mr George Redmond, former Assistant City and County Manager, to halt his scheduled Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial next month for alleged corruption.

An application will be made on behalf of Mr George Redmond, former Assistant City and County Manager, to halt his scheduled Dublin Circuit Criminal Court trial next month for alleged corruption.

Mr Redmond was due to go on trial on December 5 but Judge Michael While was told by defence counsel that an application will be made on that date for a permanent stay on the trial on the grounds of the accused’s ill-health.

Judge White directed that an affidavit dealing with the application is to be lodged on November 28. Mr Redmond is charged with alleged corruption relating to land at Buzzardstown, Co Dublin.

Mr Redmond was originally scheduled to go on trial on December 1, 2004 on this matter but that date was vacated after Judge Desmond Hogan agreed to a submission by Mr Brendan Grehan SC because Mr Redmond (aged 79) was scheduled to go into hospital for surgery last December.

Mr Grehan told the court on a later date that Mr Redmond was still undergoing medical care and further time would be needed to ascertain when he would be fit to stand trial.

Judge Hogan was told previously that Mr Redmond was suffering from medical complications and was seeking a second opinion from two medical professors for ongoing health problems that caused him to lose a stone in weight..

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Patrick J McCarthy SC (with Mr Patrick McGrath BL), agreed to the scheduled December 1, 2004 trial being adjourned on what he described as "humanitarian grounds" and that the 2005 should be set.

A previous corruption conviction against Mr Redmond was quashed by the Court of Criminal Appeal on the grounds that new information had come to light and needed further investigation.

Judge Hogan also agreed at the November 2004 hearing to grant Mr Redmond legal aid after considering his statement of means.

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