Tuesday 10 December 2019

Brian Rattigan trial hears of over €20,000 in bets

Brian Kavanagh

BETS totalling over €20,000 placed with Paddy Power bookmakers closely matched betting entries recorded in a notebook found in the prison cell of Dublin criminal Brian Rattigan, his Special Criminal Court trial has heard.

Paddy Power internal audit manager Gerard Melinn told Mr Sean Guerin BL, prosecuting, that he conducted an analysis to determine if bets recorded on the bookmaker’s computer system matched those recorded in a notebook seized from the accused man’s cell in Portlaoise Prison on May 22nd, 2008.

The non-jury court previously heard evidence that one of two notebooks seized from the cell was a “very detailed” diary of betting activity, recording details of English professional football matches across a number of leagues, as well as amounts staked, results and any return on bets made.

Detective Garda Shane Curtis told the court it was his belief that the notebooks also contained what are commonly known as drugs “tick lists”, detailing peoples’ names and weights of drugs.

Mr Melinn said that he identified 52 potential matches between the notebook and the Paddy Power internal system, of which 15 were potential “Dial-a-bet” transactions from telephone accounts and 37 were potential anonymously placed retail betting transactions.

He told the court that account details for telephone betting accounts in the names of Patrick McEnroe and Richard Rattigan were recorded in the notebook and that he also analysed the transactions on these accounts.

Mr Melinn said that of the 52 potential matched bets, which were all placed between September 2007 and May 2008, 35 reconciled with the details of the bets recorded in the notebook precisely, while a further 13 matched the details to within 90 per cent.

He agreed that four bets out of 13 Paddy Power betting dockets seized by gardai after a search of a house on Cooley Road in Drimnagh were potential matches with the bets recorded in the notebook, and that the total value of all bets staked was €22,469.09.

Mr Melinn said that a cheque in the amount of €10,426.30 payable from a Paddy Power shop on Clonard Road in Crumlin was made out to Natasha McEnroe, Rattigan’s then partner, on October 21st 2007.

He agreed with Mr Guerin that an entry in the notebook that read “500 win, 10,246” detailed the same amount as the cheque made out to Natasha McEnroe.

Mr Melinn agreed with counsel for the defence, Mr Brendan Grehan SC, that there was no direct connection such as a barcode between what was written on the notebook and the transactions recorded on the Paddy Power system.

He agreed that cheques totalling €20, 500 were paid out to Natasha McEnroe while the total amount staked was €22,469.

Asked by Mr Grehan whether that meant “the bookie still wins”, Mr Melinn replied: “I suppose you could look at it like that.”

Rattigan (32), formerly of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to the possession of heroin and two counts of possession of the drug for sale or supply on Hughes Road South, Walkinstown, Dublin on May 21st, 2008.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the possession of two mobile phones at Cell 42, E1 Landing, Portlaoise Prison while an inmate at the prison on May 22nd, 2008.

It is the prosecution case that Rattigan used mobile phones to act as the “directing force” behind a €1 million heroin deal from his cell in Portlaoise Prison.

The trial continues.

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