Hague casino trip was short on gambling
Published 24/07/2010 | 05:00
IT was shortly before 9pm on St Patrick's Day 1996.
Three associates entered a casino in The Hague and bought 250,000 Dutch guilders worth of chips.
The trio of would-be gamblers included John Gilligan and Brian Meehan, the only man to be convicted of murdering journalist Veronica Guerin. Also in the group was Derek Baker, an on-course bookmaker.
Their visit to the casino was described in court yesterday by head of the Criminal Assets Bureau Detective Chief Supt Patrick Byrne. He said he made inquiries and confirmed his belief that Gilligan was engaged in the process of drug trafficking.
Recalling the St Patrick's day visit, he said the three entered the Dutch casino that night and bought gambling tokens using 1,000 guilder notes.
"They didn't gamble for any length of time. Then Meehan returned to the counter and tried to transfer 250,000 (guilders) to a bank account," the CAB chief told the court.
"He was refused to do this based on the law at the time and because they had not gambled the money."