Friday 24 November 2017

Court dismisses legal cost plea by six linked to cartel

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Tim Healy

The High Court has dismissed applications brought by six people linked to the Kinahan crime organisation to have their legal costs covered by the State in proceedings against them by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).

CAB had previously secured court orders freezing assets it says are proceeds of crime including jewellery, property and cars following raids conducted as part of its probe into the Kinahan gang in March 2016.

CAB has brought proceedings against 11 people, including Liam Byrne who the bureau says is a member of the Kinahan gang. Byrne's brother David was shot dead in the Regency Hotel in February 2016.

In a pre-hearing application, lawyers representing six of the 11 applied to the court for legal aid. The applications were made on behalf of Kelly Quinn, Sean McGovern, Anita Freeman, James Byrne, Sadie Byrne and Liam Roe, who denied the assets are the proceeds of crime. They were opposed by CAB.

Ms Justice Stewart dismissed all six applications for legal aid.

The court said evidence tendered by CAB about the applicants' lifestyles, including that some of the parties had taken multiple flights to destinations including Spain, Dubai and Las Vegas, or how other assets were acquired, had not been addressed in their submissions to the court.

Irish Independent

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