Tuesday 20 February 2018

Bankrupt former hurler Paul Codd now in the North

Former Wexford Hurling captain Paul Codd
Former Wexford Hurling captain Paul Codd

Tim Healy

ALL-Ireland winning Wexford hurler Paul Codd – who has a warrant out for his arrest due to his ongoing refusal to co-operate with his bankruptcy – is living in Northern Ireland.

The warrant was issued by Mr Justice Brian McGovern after the High Court was told that Mr Codd had not complied with undertakings to meet with the court-appointed official in charge of his bankruptcy – the official assignee Chris Lehane. Yesterday, the judge was informed that gardai have not been able to execute the warrant because Mr Codd is in the North.

Mr Codd gave undertakings to the court after he was jailed last December for his non-compliance with the bankruptcy process.

Two days before Christmas, he secured his release after providing a statement of affairs to the official assignee and promising to co-operate.

He subsequently claimed he was coerced into giving undertakings to co-operate with his bankruptcy in order to avoid spending Christmas in Mountjoy Prison.

In January, he gave sworn undertakings before the High Court to co-operate with Mr Lehane and also undertook to return several items of machinery, which had been leased to Mr Codd's now dissolved company, Paul Codd Ltd, by Friends First Finance, and Deutsche Leasing Ireland but he failed to meet with Mr Lehane.

Yesterday, lawyers for Deutsche Leasing told the court they had learned from gardai that Mr Codd was living in the North. Gardai had also spoken to him by phone and said they would execute the warrant as soon as Mr Codd returned to the jurisdiction.

The case was adjourned.

Irish Independent

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