Published On: Mon, Oct 18th, 2021
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Veteran’s Troubles Trial Adjourned for 3 Weeks After He Contracts COVID-19on October 18, 2021 at 2:01 pm

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The trial of Army veteran Dennis Hutchings over a Troubles shooting has been adjourned for three weeks after the defendant contracted COVID-19. Defence barrister James Lewis QC informed Belfast Crown Court of the development as proceedings in the non-jury trial were due to commence on Monday. He told judge Justice O’Hara that Hutchings’s condition had been confirmed by a PCR test on Saturday. “I regret Mr. Hutchings is not well with regard as one would expect with his other comorbidities of renal failure and cardiac malfunction. And we are unable to presently take instructions as he is currently in isolation in his hotel room.” Lewis applied for an adjournment that was not opposed by the Crown barrister. O’Hara said: “The optimism from last Monday about finishing the trial this week has faded away. We lost a bit of time on Wednesday, then we lost Friday entirely because of Mr. Hutchings’s …

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