Australian jockey Bill Pyers went to a Paris Court today (Tuesday) to appeal against the decision which sent him to prison a month ago.
Australian jockey Bill Pyers went to a Paris Court today (Tuesday) to appeal against the decision which sent him to prison a month ago. The verdict of the court will be given tomorrow.
Pyers has been in the Sante Prison in Paris since October 13th after being arrested on a warrant issued by a Paris court which condemned him in his absence last July to a year's imprisonment on a charge of causing injury by careless driving.
The hearing in October upheld the one-year sentence, rejected Pyer's defence, and refused on application for bail. It was against these decisions that he appealed today.
Pyer's lawyers include the respected Maitre Rene Floriot, who was called in by Mme. Suzy Volterra, owner of Topyo, which Pyer's rode to a win in the Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe on October 8th.
If the appeal succeeds, a date will be set for a new trial on the original charge. If it fails the only recourse would be an appeal for clemency to President de Gaulle.