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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Counterfeit Money trial adjourned for medical appointment

Brian Kavanagh

THE trial of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency has been adjourned for a day to allow one of the men attend a medical appointment.

The Special Criminal Court this morning agreed to adjourn matters to allow Anthony Sloan (57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co Louth, attend a hospital appointment.

There was no objection from the State, nor from Mr Sloan’s co-accused Liam Delaney (41), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois, Kevin Flanagan (42), of Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (43), of Portlaoise, Co Laois.

The men have all pleaded not guilty to possession of equipment, including printers and cutting machines, to manufacture counterfeit currency at Ballybrophy, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois on May 31st, 2010.

In his opening address, prosecuting counsel Mr Tom O' Connell SC told the court that gardai who raided a yard at Ballybrophy on May 31st, 2010 found the four accused men in a portakabin.

Inside the portakabin they discovered a trap door, hidden under a chest of drawers, which led to an underground bunker made out of two forty foot containers.

Within this bunker he said, gardai discovered a number of printers, cutting machines and other materials used in printing. Mr O’Connell said the court would hear that the men denied knowledge of the bunker and told gardai they were attending a business meeting in the portakabin.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the trial would resume tomorrow morning before the non-jury court.

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