FORMER Wexford hurling star Paul Codd is to be arrested and brought before the High Court to explain his failure to co-operate with his bankruptcy process, a judge said.
Mr Codd, an All-Ireland winner in 1996 and a former captain of Wexford, failed to appear before the court yesterday.
He now faces the prospect of a period in Mountjoy Prison for allegedly being in contempt of court orders directing him to engage with the official in charge of his bankruptcy.
He was adjudicated bankrupt by the High Court last March arising out of his failure to satisfy a judgment for €530,000 secured against him in 2011.
However, Mr Codd has failed to deal with the official in charge of his bankruptcy, official assignee Chris Lehane.
Yesterday, Mr Justice Daniel Herbert ordered Mr Codd be arrested and brought before the court. The court heard Mr Codd failed to complete a statement of his affairs as required under bankruptcy laws.
The official assignee said he was not provided with all the necessary documentation and information so he could administer the former hurler's estate.
Several attempts were made to ensure Mr Codd would engage with the bankruptcy process, and proceedings had been adjourned a number of times.
Mr Lehane said that in his view Mr Codd was "in contempt of court".
Last August, Mr Lehane secured an order directing that Mr Codd be arrested if he failed to appear at court yesterday.
The application to have Mr Codd declared bankrupt arose out of a sale by David Deasey, a dairy farmer from Timoleague, Co Cork. He sold 46 acres of land at Askinfarney, Clonroche, Co Wexford, to Mr Codd for approximately €800,000. While a deposit of €40,000 was paid, Mr Codd had not completed the sale.
Mr Deasy obtained a judgment of €530,326 against Mr Codd in 2011. When that judgment was not satisfied Mr Deasey petitioned the court to have Mr Codd adjudicated bankrupt.
Mr Codd's debts, combined with those of his now dissolved company Paul Codd Ltd, are estimated to be €4.9m. Separately, Friends First Finance have brought proceedings against Mr Codd, seeking the return of 10 pieces of plant and machinery it says it leased to the former hurler and his company.