Monday 19 March 2018

Gardai unable to find GAA star Paul Codd five weeks after warrant for his arrest issued, court told

Paul Codd: warrant issued
Paul Codd: warrant issued

GARDAI have yet to arrest former Wexford GAA hurling star Paul Codd five weeks after a warrant was issued, the High Court was told yesterday.

The warrant was issued last month arising out Mr Codd's him being declared a bankrupt.  Mr Codd, an All-Ireland medal winner in 1996, is alleged to be in contempt of court orders directing him to engage with the official in charge of his bankruptcy.

He was adjudicated bankrupt by the High Court last March over failure to satisfy a judgment for €530,000 secured against him in 2011.

He failed to deal with the official assignee in bankruptcy, Chris Lehane, the court appointed official who assist bankrupts in their obligations to creditors, as required under bankruptcy laws.

Mr Lehane told Mr Justice Brian McGovern today that efforts are continuing by the gardai to locate Mr Codd.

Once that occurs he will be arrested and brought before the court at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Lehane has previously told the court that several attempts were made to ensure Mr Codd would engage with the bankruptcy process.

However, he failed to do so and Mr Lehane's view is the former hurling star  in contempt of court.

The application to have him declared bankrupt arose from a sale by David Deasey, a dairy farmer from Timoleague, Co Cork, of 46 acres of land at Askinfarney Clonroche, Co Wexford, to Mr Codd for about €800,000.

While a deposit of €40,000 was paid, Mr Codd had not completed the sale and Mr Deasy obtained judgment for €530,326 against him in 2011.

When that was not satisfied, Mr Deasy brought the bankruptcy proceedings.

By Aodhan O Faolain

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