Gardai ordered to keep €16,000 seized in raid
Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00
A judge has told gardai to keep €16,000 in cash it seized from a family during a murder inquiry until they are sure it wasn't earned from drugs.
The cash was recovered from a family home in Killonan, Ballysimon, Co Limerick last month.
The seizure was made as gardai inquired into the murder of Daniel Fitzgerald, who was shot dead at his uncle's home in east Limerick.
Judge Tom O'Donnell, at Limerick District Court, made his order after a member of the family, Maria Collopy (38), applied to have €15,950 in cash given back to her.
She claimed she earned the money from selling clothes at markets but the judge said he was not "overly satisfied" with her testimony.
Judge O'Donnell said the money could be returned only if it is discounted from the ongoing garda investigation.
She was arrested at the house on December 8 along with a 14-year-old teenager. The cash was found in a drawer in the house.
Insp Seamus Ruane told Judge O'Donnell the State was opposing the application after drugs worth €250,000 were found near the Collopy home last month.