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Friday 18 April 2014

Tycoon 'in no position' to pay bail

Irish property tycoon Kevin McGeever, 68, who vanished for eight months, at Strokestown District Court, Co Roscommon

An Irish property tycoon charged with falsely alleging he was kidnapped and held hostage after he vanished for eight months cannot afford to post bail, a court has been told.

Kevin McGeever, who once sold homes from an international portfolio in Dubai, has claimed he does not have enough money to cover a 12,500 euro (£10,700) bond.

The 68-year-old, who walked into a country courthouse sporting dark glasses and a black leather jacket, was remanded in custody with consent to bail after also being charged with wasting police time.

McGeever appeared briefly at Strokestown District Court, Co Roscommon, in the west of Ireland.

The court heard that the pensioner, with an address at a mansion named Nirvana, in Ballywinna, Craughwell, in the neighbouring Co Galway, was in "no position" to pay his bail.

McGeever, who has a faint scar on his forehead from where the letters "TIEF" were scrawled before his dramatic reappearance late one night on a country road in January, did not speak during his case.

Sitting on a defendant's bench in the packed, wood-panelled courtroom, squeezed among dozens of others, he spoke briefly to a solicitor as his case was called.

Joan Devine, acting on behalf of McGeever's Dublin-based solicitor Tom Brabazon, requested the judge set a lower bail amount of 8,000 euro (£6,899).

"He is not in a position to come up with that kind of money," Ms Devine said.

Judge Geoffrey Browne rejected the application and remanded McGeever in custody with consent to bail. McGeever, who was arrested in north Dublin on Tuesday, will appear before Harristown Court in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, on Friday.

Press Association

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