Friday 28 April 2017

Gilligan faces losing assets as judge rejects challenge

Diarmaid MacDermott

CONVICTED drug dealer John Gilligan has lost his latest legal challenge against orders that his assets and those of his family's were the proceeds of crime.

Mr Justice Kevin Feeney, sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice, made an order that a number of properties owned by Gilligan and his family members should be disposed of and transferred to the Finance Minister under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The judge put a stay on the order in the event of an appeal.

The action was brought under Section 3.3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 1996 by the Gilligans on the basis that an injustice may have been caused to them when freezing orders against a number of properties were made in July 1997.

The properties include Jessbrook House in Enfield, Co Meath, where his wife, Geraldine Gilligan lives, an equestrian centre attached to it, the former family home at Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin and two houses in Lucan that were bought by Gilligan for his son Darren and daughter Tracey.

Urgency

In a busy day for Gilligan, he was also charged at the Special Criminal Court yesterday with having a mobile phone in Portlaoise District Court last year.

He was remanded in custody until January 27. Mr Justice Paul Butler said that he could see no urgency in the case.

"It is not a serious charge and the accused is in custody," he added.

Irish Independent

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