FORMER millionaire property developer Kevin McGeever is to stand trial on charges of wasting garda time.
The 68-year-old, from Craughwell, Co Galway, appeared before Loughrea District Court yesterday. He faces two charges under the 1976 Criminal Law Act.
He is accused of knowingly making false reports and statements between January 29 and February 28 of this year, tending to show that he had information on allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats of harm. He is also charged with knowingly making false reports and statements in connection with the same allegations, thereby causing the time of the gardai to be wasted.
The charges follow a garda investigation which began after the developer was found in a dishevelled state, wandering on a roadway in Co Leitrim. He had been reported missing in May of last year and had not been seen until a woman out walking came upon him on January 29 last.
In court yesterday, Mr McGeever stood clutching a copy of the book of evidence, waiting for his case to be called.
Garda John Keating gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the accused. Superintendent Enda Walshe told Judge Geoffrey Browne that the Director of Public Prosecutions had consented to a trial in the circuit court.
Judge Browne formally advised Mr McGeever that if he was relying on an alibi, he was obliged to advise the authorities within the appropriate time. He returned him for trial at the next sitting of Galway Circuit Court.
Solicitor John Nash told the court that he was standing in for his colleague, Tom Brabazon, in the case and asked that Mr Brabazon be assigned for the purpose of legal aid.
Judge Browne pointed out that there was no statement of Mr McGeever's means in court and he had made it clear, at a previous court hearing, that a statement of means was required before he could consider an application for legal aid.
Mr Nash asked if he could raise the matter at a future date, but the judge told him that he had now finished with the matter and that any such application would have to be made to the circuit court.