Monday 25 September 2017

Former developer to stand trial in spring over 'faked kidnapping'

Former property developer Kevin McGeever has been charged with wasting Garda time
Former property developer Kevin McGeever has been charged with wasting Garda time
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

The trial of former property developer Kevin McGeever, who is accused of faking his own kidnapping, has been listed for hearing in May.

The trial was mentioned at Galway Circuit Criminal Court yesterday and it is due to go ahead in three months' time.

The 70-year-old, with a former address at Nirvana, Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, and more recently in Clontarf, Dublin 3, is charged with wasting Garda time in relation to a six-month investigation into his alleged kidnapping in 2012.

He is also charged with knowingly making false reports and statements to gardaí on various dates in 2013, relating to allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats to harm.

The court was told the case was expected to take four days to complete.

Mr McGeever attended court yesterday morning but did not speak during the brief hearing.

Charges

The Mayo man is facing two charges under Section 12 A and 12 B of the 1976 Criminal Law Act.

These relate to knowingly giving false reports and statements that an offence had been committed and to wasting Garda time.

The offences were allegedly carried out between January 29 and February 28 of last year.

They relate to the period of eight months from May 27, 2012 and January 29, 2013 when he initially claimed to have been abducted.

The charges followed a Garda investigation after the businessman was found by a passer-by wandering on a road near Corlough in Co Leitrim in January 2013.

He had been reported missing in May 2012.

He was in a dishevelled state and was admitted to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, where he was treated for dehydration and malnutrition.

Gardaí began an investigation into an allegation of false imprisonment.

Mr McGeever was arrested and questioned by gardaí in early 2013.

It resulted in a number of charges being brought against him.

Irish Independent

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