Tuesday 16 January 2018

Father of TD's fiancee seeks to have theft and fraud case adjourned pending GSOC probe

Sarah Comiskey with her fiancé, Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan
Sarah Comiskey with her fiancé, Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

FINE Gael TD Sean Conlan’s future father-in-law sought to have his theft case adjourned pending the outcome of a Garda Ombudsman investigation at a court hearing today.

Brendan Comiskey, who is the father of Mr Conlan’s fiancee Sarah, was appearing before Carrickmacross District Court, in Monaghan to face charges of theft over the sale of a car.

Mr Comiskey was arrested and charged by gardai from Carrickmacross over the sale of a Vauxhall Astra for €8,500 in August 2011.

Mr Comiskey's solicitor Catherine McGinley entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of her client but said she would reserve her decision pending a disclosure order.

Ms McGinley suggested the case should be adjourned pending the outcome of a Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation lodged by Mr Comiskey.

She said proceeding with the court case while the GSOC investigation was ongoing would be detrimental to her clients "right to fair procedure".

Judge Denis McLoughlin dismissed the suggestion and said there is “no way” the Garda Ombudsman investigation would stop the case.

During the brief hearing, prosecuting garda inspector Kevin Gavigan brought a number of additional driving related charges against Mr Comiskey.

Mr Comiskey, who is originally from Monaghan but gave the court an address in Sussex, England, was charged with driving with no insurance or tax when stopped by gardai in Candlefort, Inniskeen.

Mr Comiskey arrived at the court soon after 10.30am and spoke with his solicitor before the hearing began.

Wearing a grey pinstripe suit with a yellow tie and blue shirt he sat at the back of the courtroom and was not called before the judge during his brief hearing.

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