Second Judge off the Brandt trial

Updated February 20, 2020

The Attorney at Law David Brandt who ‘secretly’ had his bail revoked on June 17th this year on sexual charges since September 2015, has had mixed successes with his several applications to the court, but the worse his bail application by his Attorney David Dorsett refused.

Earlier the Attorney had applied to the Court, after Judge Morley had been recused from the case and retired Justice Gareth Evans QC flown in from the UK to replace him, for Gareth himself to be recused as well.

Justice Gareth refused to be recused in a 90 clause long Ruling which was delivered within half an hour of the end of the hearing.

Dr. Dorsett then appealed the judge’s decision filed on 6th September followed by an application to the High Court for Brandt’s bail application to be considered afresh by another judge of the High Court; and that the trial in the matter set for November 18, be stayed pending the determination of the appeal.

Her Ladyship the Hon. Mde. Louise Esther Blenman, Justice of appeal on October 23, 2019, heard the matter and ruled: that bail be considered by another High Court judge is refused. 2. That the criminal trial of the appellant (Brandt) be presided over by a judge of the High Court other than J. Evans, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal against him, Evans’ refusal to recuse himself from the trial. 3. The matter shall be set down for case management on a date to be determined by the Chief Registrar, for directions be given with a view to having the appeal, scheduled on an expedited basis.

On inquiry, it seems that the trial that is scheduled to start on November 18 (General Elections day?) and expected to last up to six weeks taking it into the Court vacation period, is likely to be delayed.

Meanwhile, Brandt whose health is reportedly declining awaits to see whether his bail applications will be heard.

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Updated February 20, 2020

The Attorney at Law David Brandt who ‘secretly’ had his bail revoked on June 17th this year on sexual charges since September 2015, has had mixed successes with his several applications to the court, but the worse his bail application by his Attorney David Dorsett refused.

Earlier the Attorney had applied to the Court, after Judge Morley had been recused from the case and retired Justice Gareth Evans QC flown in from the UK to replace him, for Gareth himself to be recused as well.

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Justice Gareth refused to be recused in a 90 clause long Ruling which was delivered within half an hour of the end of the hearing.

Dr. Dorsett then appealed the judge’s decision filed on 6th September followed by an application to the High Court for Brandt’s bail application to be considered afresh by another judge of the High Court; and that the trial in the matter set for November 18, be stayed pending the determination of the appeal.

Her Ladyship the Hon. Mde. Louise Esther Blenman, Justice of appeal on October 23, 2019, heard the matter and ruled: that bail be considered by another High Court judge is refused. 2. That the criminal trial of the appellant (Brandt) be presided over by a judge of the High Court other than J. Evans, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal against him, Evans’ refusal to recuse himself from the trial. 3. The matter shall be set down for case management on a date to be determined by the Chief Registrar, for directions be given with a view to having the appeal, scheduled on an expedited basis.

On inquiry, it seems that the trial that is scheduled to start on November 18 (General Elections day?) and expected to last up to six weeks taking it into the Court vacation period, is likely to be delayed.

Meanwhile, Brandt whose health is reportedly declining awaits to see whether his bail applications will be heard.