Friday 18 August 2017

Garda faces 212 charges of corruption and theft

Garda John O’Halloran appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged with 212 counts. Stock Image: PA
Garda John O’Halloran appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged with 212 counts. Stock Image: PA
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A Garda has been charged with more than 200 counts of deception and receiving corrupt payments.

Garda John O'Halloran appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged with 212 counts.

These ranged from allegedly receiving corrupt payments to deception and theft charges at various locations in Cork city.

Judge Olann Kelleher was told that Mr O'Halloran (45) made no reply to gardaí when he was arrested, cautioned and charged with the matters.

A precise figure for the sums involved was not available but it could extend to tens of thousands of euro.

Inspector Fergal Foley told the court the accused was arrested at his home at South Douglas Road, Cork, shortly after 9am yesterday.

Insp Foley confirmed Mr O'Halloran was taken to Togher garda station where he was charged.

The charges involve dates between 2009 and 2014 and ranged from alleged acceptance of corrupt payments to deception and theft counts.

Some of the theft charges involve sums of less than €100. The largest amount involved is €2,500.

A number of charges were also brought under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

These charges alleged that Mr O'Halloran obtained or accepted a payment or a gift for the provision of his services as a serving member of the gardaí.

Judge Kelleher was told that gardaí were seeking to have the matter adjourned until February 16 next.

This is to allow preparation of a book of evidence.

Judge Kelleher was informed the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had already instructed that the matter be dealt with before Cork Circuit Criminal Court and a judge and jury.

Gardaí stressed that there was no objection to the defendant being remanded on bail.

These included that he not have any contact with potential witnesses in the case, that he enters an independent surety, that he surrenders his passport and undertakes not to apply for a new one and that he resides at an address specified to gardaí.

Defence solicitor Dan Murphy said all conditions would be fully complied with.

Judge Kelleher was told that the defendant was providing, as required, an independent surety of €5,000 with a cash lodgment of €1,000.

He remanded the defendant to appear again before Cork District Court on February 16.

Irish Independent

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