Tompkins fined €2,500 over imported spirits
FORMER Cork GAA football captain and manager Larry Tompkins was fined €2,500 yesterday for importing alcohol without paying proper duties.
A Customs and Excise officer seized a quantity of spirits at Larry Tompkins' pub on Lavitt's Quay in Cork city on May 28, 2009. The UK tax stamp had been scratched off a number of bottles of spirits found at the premises.
Giving evidence at Cork District Court yesterday, Customs officer Tom Farrell told the court he cautioned Tompkins and his wife as the directors of JBW Agencies -- the name under which the bar operates -- having found the imported alcohol during an inspection of the pub.
"He said he thought it was legitimate," Mr Farrell told the court.
Tompkins produced a receipt for the alcohol, for the amount of £4,327.87 (€5,086), purchased from North West Distributors, a supplier based in the North.
Tompkins told the Customs officer he had bought the alcohol for private use and said he scratched away the labels because he did not want his own supplier to know about the alcohol.
Judge Leo Malone imposed a fine of €2,500 and gave Tompkins two months to pay.