A spokesperson for the office of the police and crime commissioner for Cheshire said: “The independent panel in the hearing of Simon Byrne has rejected the chief constable’s application to have the hearing dismissed.
“The independent panel stated that there was no significant prejudice or lasting harm caused to CC Byrne. It was the panel’s clear view that CC Byrne can have a fair hearing.
“However, Chief Constable Byrne’s legal team has now indicated that they potentially intend to challenge the independent panel’s decision via a judicial review, subject to them securing further funding. Subject to the outcome of any judicial review proceedings, the case will reconvene on Monday 2 July 2018.
“It is unfortunate that witnesses, who have been waiting for a significant amount of time to give evidence, will have yet a further delay before they will able to tell their story”.