CAB to sell gangster's house and two cars
THE Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has been given the go-ahead to sell off two cars and a house owned by a 39-year-old man who is regarded as a major gangland player.
The High Court made the order yesterday against Michael 'Mica' Kelly, of Swans Nest Road, Kilbarrack, Dublin.
Kelly has been a prime target for CAB, who made the seizures under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
CAB will now press ahead with plans to sell a property owned by Kelly, at Boyne View in Navan, Co Meath, and two cars, a 07 Volkswagen Golf and a 05 BMW 320, after its legal officer, Frank Cassidy, was appointed receiver by the court.
In a separate case, Mr Cassidy was appointed receiver over a property that had been purchased in 2005 by Michael 'Roly' Cronin and his partner, Janice Whelan, at Hampton Wood Green, St Margaret's Road, Dublin.
Cronin was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1998 for the unlawful sale of controlled drugs and was regarded at the time by gardai as a major supplier of heroin in the north inner city.
CAB carried out an investigation into Cronin's financial affairs and assets in 1998 and these led to an order being made under the Proceeds of Crime Act against three properties in which Cronin had an interest.
Cronin was released from prison in 2003 and garda intelligence indicated he had returned to drug dealing and established himself again as a serious criminal in the city.
Several attempts to murder Cronin were made and in January 2009 he was shot dead while sitting in a car in the Summerhill area of Dublin along with a friend.
Nobody has yet been charged with those murders although gardai are a following significant line of inquiry.
In a third case, CAB took action under the Proceeds of Crime Act against James Murphy Jnr, of Drumfin Road, Ballyfermot.
Mr Justice Feeney granted an order for the confiscation of €400,089 in cash.
The court heard that gardai were called to investigate an aggravated burglary at Neilstown Drive in Clondalkin on April 13, 2009. During a technical examination of the house gardai found the money.