€20,000 counterfeit cash man was questioned over savage murder of Joseph
Published 19/02/2016 | 09:03
A man questioned during the investigation into the murder of Joseph Rafferty was last week jailed for two years for possessing €20,000 in counterfeit cash.
Well-known republican Robert Day (44) was arrested in relation to the savage 2005 murder but was released without charge.
In a separate case, Day - who is serving his sentence in high-security Portlaoise Prison - was previously cleared of charges of assaulting Mr Rafferty's siblings Mark and Esther Uzell and causing criminal damage to a door in their flat four months before Rafferty was shot dead in west Dublin.
It can be revealed that Day was a Sinn Fein activist at the time of the murder and told gardai that he previously travelled to Germany on behalf of the party.
However, since then Day has been associating with known dissident Republicans.
Last week at the Special Criminal Court, he pleaded guilty to the unlawful custody of 400 counterfeit €50 notes at Monck Place, Phibsborough on February 2, 2014.
His co-accused, Hubert Duffy (49), was given an 18 months suspended sentence for possession of a stolen motorcycle.
At the sentence hearing, evidence was given that the counterfeit money was used to "finance the activities of the IRA".
It was stated that on November 12, 2014, a 650cc BMW motorcycle was stolen overnight.
The court heard that gardai observed the BMW motorcycle being driven by a man to the Phoenix Park.
The driver was identified as Hubert Duffy, the court heard.
On February 2, 2014, gardai in Dublin were engaged in surveillance of suspected IRA activity. Day walked into Clark's pub on the Phibsboro Road, followed later by a man named Richard Molloy.
Last year, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Molloy (44), of Preston Heights, Kilmeague, Naas, Co Kildare, was jailed for six years for selling €20,000 in counterfeit bills in exchange for €2,200.
Detectives inside Clark's pub observed Day reading a newspaper. Day was approached by Molloy, who placed another newspaper on the table and picked up an item.
Day was detained outside Clark's pub and dropped something at his side.
Counterfeit money worth €20,000 was seized. €2,000 was found on Molloy and the money had been exchanged for the counterfeit currency.
The court heard that Day has one prior conviction for assault causing harm, from 2000, when he received a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Delivering the judgement, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court said that when considering the men's sentences, the court was "ignoring allegations that the money may have been part of an IRA fund-raising operation".
Day has been jail since August, 2014.