Slab Murphy has no chance of bail - judge
Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30
Prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy would not "come close" to meeting the threshold required for bail pending an appeal, his lawyers have been told.
The 66-year-old, whose farm is at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, is due to appeal his conviction for tax evasion in the Court of Appeal in November.
Murphy had pleaded not guilty at the non-jury Special Criminal Court to nine charges of failing to comply with tax laws.
The three-judge court found him guilty on all counts and he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment on February 26 last.
Murphy's appeal against conviction has been allocated three hearing days in November. An application for bail was lodged on his behalf earlier this week.
His barrister, Tony McGillicuddy BL, told Mr Justice George Birmingham yesterday that his side felt it appropriate to mention the matter during case management procedures.
Mr Justice Birmingham said the view of his colleagues was that "the case wouldn't remotely come close" to meeting the threshold required for bail as laid down by case law.
"He will have to wait until November 8," the judge said, in reference to the date set for Murphy's appeal hearing.