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Monday 18 June 2018

Beautician's trial for 'illegal treatments' is adjourned

Anne Rossi’s trial was adjourned until February next year
Anne Rossi’s trial was adjourned until February next year

The trial of a Dublin beautician accused of unlawfully administering Botox-like treatments has been adjourned until 2019 pending a High Court ruling.

Anne Rossi, who runs the Anne Rossi Clinic, at Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3, is being prosecuted by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) on 18 counts under the Irish Medicines Board Act.

Ms Rossi has pleaded not guilty to all charges. The case relates to a Botox- like product called Dysport, which contains the prescription-only substance Botulinum Toxin A.

It was the prosecution case that it was imported into the State without permission and administered to customers by injection at Ms Rossi's clinic, something which must be done by a doctor or pharmacist.

Confession

Prosecution and defence lawyers are seeking clarification from the High Court about admissibility of evidence of an alleged confession and the analysis of products seized.

Yesterday, Judge John Brennan adjourned until February, pending the outcome in the High Court.

HPRA inspector Niall McCarthy has told the trial he was granted a search warrant and went to Ms Rossi's home on the Howth Road, Raheny, Dublin, on February 19 last year.

Invoices for Dysport were found and she told him there was Dysport at her premises.

The Anne Rossi Clinic was also inspected.

Dysport was found in a fridge and Ms Rossi was interviewed under caution and made admissions, the trial heard.

In cross-examination, Mr McCarthy did not recall telling Ms Rossi "everything would be OK". He said it did not cross his mind that someone should advise her to speak to a solicitor.

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