Tuesday 17 October 2017

Haulier charged with trying to launder €1.2m cash released on bail

Carlow man John Fitzgerald
Carlow man John Fitzgerald

Tom Tuite

A HAULIER charged with money laundering following a seizure of €1.2m has been released on bail.

John Fitzgerald (50) of Woodbrook Place, Green Lane, Carlow, had been arrested after he was stopped at a Garda check-point on August 25 last.

He was initially remanded in custody but has since been granted bail and faced his third hearing when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Blake heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed trial on indictment, meaning the case will be dealt with in a circuit court, and the accused could also be sent forward on a signed plea.

Judge Blake ordered him to appear at Carlow District Court on November 8 next to be served with a book of evidence. He told defence solicitor Brendan O’Flaherty to liaise with the DPP if his client was adopting the alternative course.

Mr Fitzgerald, originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, made no reply when he was charged by Garda Sylvia Ryan under Section 7(1) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

A bail hearing was told it was alleged a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint at Ballyvergal, Carlow shortly before 8pm on August 25 and the money was recovered.

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