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All-Ireland winner Codd jailed over bankruptcy

Tim Healy

Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

All-Ireland winning Wexford hurler Paul Codd has been jailed for his refusal to cooperate with his bankruptcy
All-Ireland winning Wexford hurler Paul Codd has been jailed for his refusal to cooperate with his bankruptcy
Former Wexford Hurling captain Paul Codd, pictured leaving a High Court hearing last year

All-Ireland winning Wexford hurler Paul Codd has been jailed for his refusal to cooperate with his bankruptcy.

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At the High Court, Ms Justice Caroline Costello sent Mr Codd to Mountjoy Prison after he refused to answer questions about his assets put to him by official assignee in bankruptcy, Chris Lehane.

The judge said the refusal amounted to a contempt of court and he would remain in prison until July 27, unless he purges his contempt.

Mr Codd, of Askinfarney, Clonroche, Co Wexford, was arrested yesterday and brought before the court by gardai.

The court had issued the warrant after it was informed Mr Codd had not complied with undertakings, given in January 2014, to meet with Mr Lehane.

The warrant was not executed until yesterday morning as Mr Codd was believed to be living outside of the jurisdiction.

Mr Justice Costello had warned him "consequences would flow" if he did not engage. Mr Lehane said among his concerns were that Mr Codd had transferred land to another party - which a bankrupt cannot do. Mr Lehane said that if Mr Codd cooperated the matter would be finished.

Mr Lehane also asked him about his bank accounts, but his response was that all his accounts had been frozen.

Mr Codd asked the court to give him time to get representation. "I have nobody, I have no legal help, and that is not very fair," he said, adding he felt he was being "railroaded".

He said he applied for free legal aid, but did not get it.

In March, 2013, Mr Codd was adjudicated bankrupt arising from his failure to satisfy a judgment secured against him in 2011 for €530,000.

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