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‘I don’t know how he can sleep at night’ – grieving son says his father was conned by developer Kevin McGeever

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 18/04/2016 | 11:31

McGeever outside Strokestown District Court, Co Roscommon in 2013 to face charges over his disappearance
McGeever outside Strokestown District Court, Co Roscommon in 2013 to face charges over his disappearance
Kevin McGeever soon after he was ‘found wandering’ a road in Leitrim three years
Kevin McGeever at Strokestown District Court

A heartbroken son has spoken of how his father, who died by suicide, was conned by disgraced property tycoon Kevin McGeever.

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Martin Crosby (62), a father-of-two was hired by McGeever in 2011 to work on his lavish home ‘Nirvana’ in Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway.

His son Darragh (37) told the Irish Sun that Martin was a respected landscaper from Ballyboughal in north Dublin, and had been faced with mounting debts in the months leading to his death in 2013.

He had been struggling to cope with stress after he began building work for McGeever, for which he said he was never paid.

Kevin McGeever soon after he was ‘found wandering’ a road in Leitrim three years
Kevin McGeever soon after he was ‘found wandering’ a road in Leitrim three years

After Martin took on a number of subcontractors to do part of the work on the mansion, the 71-year-old former millionaire allegedly refused to pay him.

Darragh said his father had been besieged by calls from builders demanding their money, and made numerous attempts to contact Mr McGeever, who would not answer his phone and was often abroad on holiday.

Martin died by suicide on October 28, 2013. Last week, it emerged that McGeever had been in contact with another businessman in the Midlands and had blamed Mr Crosby for refusing to pay the subcontractors.

The move was apparently an effort by McGeever to revive his ruined image as an esteemed businessman, but the grieving son was so outraged he decided to speak out.

“It’s a complete disgrace for a convicted criminal like McGeever to try and sully my father’s good name,” he told the Sun.

“My dad was taken advantage of by nothing more than an insidious creep. He’s a sociopath with no moral compass or conscience.”

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Darragh also met with the Gardaí’s Criminal Assets Bureau as part of their probe into McGeever.

Kevin McGeever at Strokestown District Court
Kevin McGeever at Strokestown District Court

“My father was a hard-working man all his life, he was a pioneer and worked on McGeever’s property seven days per week,” he continued.

“He only went down there to make a living to try and get back on his feet. McGeever made a lot of promises over pay but the money never materialised. It was all a complete lie.

McGeever received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to making false reports about being kidnapped at gunpoint in 2013, in a bid to shake off Irish and international creditors.

The former property developer has more recently been living in his luxury Clontarf apartment.

Martin’s devastated son continued: “My father was the middle man and he was getting contacted by sub-contractors all around and was out of the country.

“My dad kept this stress from his family because he wanted to protect us but it ended up costing him his life.”

Darragh went on to describe the family’s torment over their father’s sudden and tragic death.

“Over two years on and we’re still struggling with our loss.” he said.

“My dad was loved by many people. He never even got to meet his grandchild, who was born after he died.

“I don’t know how McGeever can sleep at night,” he added.

He also thanked the local community and the Gardaí for their support over the course of the two-and-a-half years since his father died.

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