Judge's illness leads to retrials for number of high-profile criminal appeals

Anthony Lyons.

A number of high-profile criminal appeals will have to be reheard because High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Hanna is seriously ill.

Addressing the Court of Criminal Appeal this morning Chief Justice Susan Denham said that he would probably require a lengthy convalescence.

His illness may affect a number of undecided appeals where the case has been heard including Brian Rattigan’s latest challenge to his murder conviction.

Another high profile case that may be affected is the DPP’s successful challenge to the undue leniency of the six-month jail sentence imposed on sex attacker Anthony Lyons.

The court, comprising Mr Justice Hanna, had yet to impose a new sentence on the businessman.

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