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Car seized by CAB was stolen two days later, court hears

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 14/12/2015 | 17:59

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A CAR seized the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) was stolen two days from the compound it was being stored at before being recovered by the gardai, the High Court has heard.

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The car was the property of 23 year old unemployed father of two Michael Wall with an address at Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin.

CAB said the vehicle, worth €13,000 is or was acquired with the proceeds of crime.

The court heard CAB and gardai took the vehicle into their possession from Mr Wall's mother's property at in Tallaght on September 16, 2014.

The court heard the gardai were initially prevented by a group from taking the car. It is alleged that Mr Wall's mother, Kathleen Wall, told the gardai they were not taking the car.

It is alleged she then damaged its windscreen and body.

The gardai eventually took possession of it and stored it at a compound at Blanchardstown.  Two days later, CAB officers discovered the car had been stolen.

The car was subsequently recovered a few days later, and is being stored at a secure location.

The vehicle has also been repaired at a cost of €1,500.

Mr Justice Raymond Fullam said he was satisfied the car is the proceeds of crime.

The order was not opposed.

* In a separate case, Mr Justice Fullam also ruled as proceeds of crime a car and €6,000 held in savings accounts of a man CAB believe was involved in several burglaries.

The orders were made against Thomas Connors with an address at Eldon Court, Leixlip, Co Kildare.

They related to a VW Golf car purchased in 2014 with €17,000 cash and €6,000 in an account in Dundrum Credit Union in Dublin.

Mr Connors was not present in court for the application and no submissions opposing the application were made on his behalf.

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