Saturday 21 April 2018

Gardai conducting background check into finances of man charged with conspiracy to murder Michael Frazer

Gary Gleeson and Stephen Dunne
Gary Gleeson and Stephen Dunne

Eimear Cotter

Gardai are conducting "background checks" into the finances of a man charged with firearms offences and conspiracy to murder a Dublin man, a court has heard.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) is involved in looking to Gary Gleeson's financial situation, a detective said.

Mr Gleeson (33) and his co-accused Stephen Dunne (38) were further remanded in custody when they appeared before Cloverhill District Court.

The two men were arrested on Bank Holiday Monday after gardai intercepted a van during an operation targeting organised crime in Dublin.

Mr Dunne, with an address at Meile an Ri Drive in Lucan, and Mr Gleeson, of Muskerry Road in Ballyfermot, are charged with conspiracy to murder Dublin man Michael Frazer on dates between July 28 and August 7 last.

They are also charged with possession of a 9mm Luger semi-automatic pistol and 10 rounds of 9mm calibre Sellier and Bellot ammunition with intent to endanger life at Naas Road in Crumlin on August 7 last.

The men must apply to the High Court for bail on a conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Free legal aid has been deferred in the case of Mr Gleeson, after the court heard he has assets of a Rolex watch, worth €4,000, an Audi, valued at €14,000 and an Astra, worth €500.

Detectives claimed that Mr Gleeson is not working, not claiming social welfare and "appears to be living beyond his means".

When the case came before Cloverhill court, defence lawyer Aoife O'Halloran asked the judge to grant legal aid, saying gardai have seized Mr Gleeson's assets and he no longer has those assets available to him to fund his defence.

Detective Garda Val Russell, of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, said gardai are conducting "background checks" and "CAB is involved".

Gda Russell said these checks will "take some time".

Ms O'Halloran asked the judge not to leave Mr Gleeson "in limbo", claiming there will be no consultations in custody between the accused and his solicitor if legal aid is not granted.

Judge Kathryn Hutton adjourned Mr Gleeson's case for one week, saying she will grant legal aid unless gardai can provide evidence to refute the accused's entitlement to legal aid.

The court heard that DPP's directions are outstanding on the charges, and the men are facing the possibility of further charges.

In relation to Mr Dunne, Judge Hutton further remanded him in custody for two weeks.

Mr Dunne is on disability and free legal aid was previously granted in his case.

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