€63k hidden in frozen veg, a TV stand and cornflakes box - grandmother sentenced for money-laundering
A grandmother previously convicted of having cocaine for supply outside a bingo hall pleaded guilty to money-laundering offences - for which she yesterday received a two-year suspended sentence.
Helen Heaphy (52) appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court alongside her four adult children Jonathan, Daniel, Jessica and Nicole Heaphy - who were also on trial for money-laundering offences, after gardaí found €63,000 in cash hidden in two houses in frozen vegetables, the legs of a TV stand and a box of cornflakes.
The searches by gardaí, in February and March 2014, focused on properties at 131, St Colman's Road and 11, Kerryhall Road, both in Farranree, Cork. Det Sergeant Clodagh O'Sullivan said officers also discovered a number of An Post savings account books hidden in various places, including behind the kick-board of a kitchen unit. Nicole Heaphy admitted the money was from the proceeds of crime.
Judge Sean O'Donnabhain was told Helen Heaphy, a grandmother, has a total of 73 previous convictions. One conviction, from January 2015, resulted in her being fined €750 in Cork District Court for having cocaine for sale outside a bingo venue.
Her son, Jonathan, has a total of 144 previous convictions. He is now the focus of a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) investigation.
Judge O'Donnabhain jailed him for four years yesterday. Helen Heaphy, Jessica Heaphy and Daniel Heaphy were each given two-year suspended sentences. Nicole Heaphy received a 12-month suspended sentence.