COP BITE DOC TO APPEAL; Anaesthetist contests convictions.
Byline: GEORGE JACKSON
A DOCTOR convicted of biting a police officer after being drugged with GHB is to appeal her case.
Hospital anaesthetist Dr Eireann Kerr was convicted last month of biting a PSNI officer on the hand, assaulting a second officer, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour at a police station.
The incidents took place at the Strand Road station in Derry on December 13, 2013.
Dr Kerr, 33, is to appeal against both her convictions and the sentence of a twomonth conditional discharge imposed by District Judge Peter King at the Magistrate's Court in Derry two weeks ago.
She claimed during her trial her drink had been spiked with the date rape drug known as GHB when she was on a Christmas night out with 24 work colleagues from Altnagelvin Hospital.
Traces of the drug were subsequently found in her hair following forensic tests and at the time of the incident the reading of the traces spiked to three times normal levels.
Dr Kerr, who is originally from Strabane but whose address on the court papers is Marlborough Park South in Belfast, was to have appealed her conviction and sentence at the Crown Court in Derry yesterday.
However, her barrister Eoghan Devlin applied for the appeal hearing to be adjourned.
Dr Kerr sat in the dock as Mr Devlin told Judge Philip Babington he intended to make a written submission about the appeal to the Public Prosecution Service.
He said: "I am asking them to consider certain matters in this case.
"It seems to me it will take some time for the PPS to consider this written submission and to reply back to the defence.
"It would seem to me it is a situation whereby the Crown would need two to three weeks to consider all the matters I intend to raise.
"If it could be listed for mention in three or four weeks' time, we are hopeful there will be a reply from the PPS and be in a position to better advise the court."
A PPS barrister said the Crown was under an obligation to review the case at every opportunity.
Judge Babington said: "The application to adjourn is granted but I want to see this case move on. Justice delayed is justice denied.
"The matter should be heard before the summer break."
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back in court Dr Eireann Kerr in Derry yesterday