Sunday 17 December 2017

Garda facing 212 charges of corruption and theft remanded for trial

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A garda charged with more than 200 counts of deception and receiving corrupt payments has been remanded for trial.

Garda John O’Halloran appeared before Cork Circuit Criminal Court charged with a total of 212 counts.

These ranged from allegedly receiving corrupt payments to deception and theft charges involving various locations around Cork city.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain was told that the case was a new return and he adjourned the matter for trial to the May sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

Previously, Cork District Court was told that Mr O’Halloran (46) made no reply when he was arrested, cautioned and charged with the matters.

A precise figure for the sums involved was not available but it could extend to tens of thousands of Euro.

The accused was charged after being arrested at his home on the South Douglas Road, Cork last January and brought to Togher Garda Station.

The charges involve dates between 2009 and 2014 and ranged from alleged acceptance of corrupt payments to deception and theft counts.

Some of the theft charges involve sums of less than €100.

The largest amount involved is €2,500.

A number of charges were also brought under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

These charges alleged that Mr O’Halloran obtained or accepted a payment or a gift for the provision of his services as a serving member of the Gardaí.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had instructed that the matter be dealt with before Cork Circuit Criminal Court and a judge and jury.

Judge O'Donnabhain remanded the defendant on bail continuing bail with existing conditions until the May sessions.

These included that he not have any contact with potential witnesses in the case, that he enters an independent surety, that he surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for a new one and that he reside at an address specified to Gardaí.

The defendant has also provided an independent surety of €5,000 with a cash lodgment of €1,000.

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