Criminal to hand over property
A SUSPECTED key member of an organised crime gang has settled a legal case with the Criminal Assets Bureau and is to hand over a house believed to have been bought with the proceeds of crime.
The High Court heard that Patrick Rabbitte, with an address in Galway city, was a high level member of the gang, which was involved in drug trafficking.
Mr Justice Kevin Feeney held yesterday in favour of Cab that a house in Galway had been bought with criminal proceeds and he gave permission for a receiver to be appointed.
Cab will now press ahead with the sale but a portion of the proceeds must be set aside to satisfy a legitimate claim by another person, who cannot be identified publicly.
The court was told Rabbitte has criminal convictions under the Misuse of Drugs Act and for burglary and fraud.
Meanwhile, in a separate case the High Court approved the Cab seizure of €40,000 from a convicted British criminal, Greg Champness, of Lilac Cottage, Hare Street, Buntingford, Hertfordshire. The court was told the money was seized from Champness as it was being handed over in what was believed by gardai to have been a drugs deal with a convicted Dublin criminal.