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Nearly 40 witnesses lined up for McGeever 'kidnap' trial

Caroline Crawford

Published 08/03/2014|02:30

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Kevin McGeever

Close to 40 witnesses will be called to give evidence against a property developer who is accused of faking his own kidnapping.

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Kevin McGeever (69), with an address at Nirvana, Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, is facing charges of making a false complaint and wasting garda time.

His trial has now been set to begin on Tuesday, May 13. Mr McGeever appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court, where Judge Rory McCabe was told the case would take some time to hear.

Defence barrister Francis Comerford said the State would be calling 38 witnesses.

Judge McCabe queried what the charges were and was informed they related to wasting garda time. He replied that the case shouldn't take long, adding: "You won't be wasting any of my time."

State prosecutor Conor Fahy said the trial would last three days.

Mr McGeever is facing two charges under Section 12 A and 12B of the 1976 Criminal Law Act. These relate to knowingly giving false reports and statements that an offence had been committed and to wasting garda time.

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The offences were allegedly carried out between January 29 and February 28 of this year. They relate to the period of eight months from May 27, 2012 to January 29, 2013 when he initially claimed to have been abducted.

The charges followed a garda investigation after the businessman was found by a passerby wandering on a road near Corlough in Co Leitrim in January. He had been reported missing in May 2012.

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