Friday 26 May 2017

CAB to return €15,000 seized from couple

Barry Duggan

THE Criminal Assets Bureau is to return over €15,000 which was seized from a couple as they returned home in their Toyota Hiace.

Brian Collopy (38) was not in Limerick District Court yesterday to hear that the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is making arrangements to return the €15,725 to himself and his wife.

Brian and Maria Collopy, with an address at Clooncunna, Ballysimon Road, Limerick, were stopped by gardai while returning home from a High Court sitting in Dublin on May 17.

Gardai recovered €8,325 from Ms Collopy's and €7,400 from her husband.

The Collopys claimed they had received the cash through legitimate means.

Mr Collopy said he received €5,000 from his brother Raymond and a further €2,500 from the sale of two horses in Scariff, Co Clare, belonging to Kenneth Collopy.

A previous court sitting heard that Ms Collopy, who operates an ice-cream van, a chip van and a market stall, acquired the cash from selling sweets at GAA matches, festivals and events throughout the country.

Stock relating to Ms Collopy's trading business was in the couple's van when it was seized by gardai in May.

Illegal

At a previous sitting, gardai questioned whether the cash had been obtained through illegal means.

The CAB had previously been granted successive extensions to investigate the origins of the cash by Limerick District Court.

Yesterday, Judge Tom O'Donnell heard evidence from Detective Garda Tony O'Driscoll who explained that the State no longer wished to detain the cash.

Inspector Brendan McDonagh said the CAB was aware of the case and intends to take certain action in relation to the funds being returned to the Collopys.

The judge noted that this "particular branch of the State" (CAB) no longer wished to hold onto the money and he agreed the cash be handed back forthwith.

Irish Independent

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