Tuesday 21 November 2017

Haulier charged with trying to launder €1.2m further remanded in custody

Carlow man John Fitzgerald
Carlow man John Fitzgerald

Tom Tuite

A HAULIER charged with money laundering following a seizure of €1.2m has been further remanded in custody.

John Fitzgerald (50) of Woodbrook Place, Green Lane, Carlow, had been arrested after he was stopped at a Garda check-point on Aug. 25 last.

Bail was refused two days later at a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court after a judge held he would be a flight risk if he was granted bail.

He faced his second hearing on Friday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Blake heard that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Mr Fitzgerald’s solicitor said there was consent to the State’s application for a four-week remand in custody.

The accused also consented to appear via video-link at his next hearing which is scheduled to take place on Sept. 29 for directions from the DPP to be obtained.

Mr Fitzgerald, originally from Tullow, Co Carlow, made no reply when he was charged by Garda Sylvia Ryan under Section 7(1) of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

The bail hearing last Sunday had heard that it was alleged a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint at Ballyvergal, Carlow shortly before 8pm on Aug. 25 and the money was recovered.

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