Sunday 21 July 2019

Home with bulletproof windows, sauna and €72K buried in garden proceeds of crime, High Court rules

Jason Boyle Pic: Collins Courts
Jason Boyle Pic: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

THE High Court has ruled that a Dublin house with a hot tub, sauna and bulletproof windows, an apartment in Bulgaria and around €72,000 in cash are the proceeds of crime.

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) claimed the properties were beneficially owned by alleged drug trafficker Jason Boyle, but were registered in the names of his parents Larry and Rosaleen Boyle to conceal his involvement.

The Boyles opposed the application and rejected the CAB’s claims that the assets were acquired in part or in full by monies derived from Jason Boyle, who denies he is involved in trafficking drugs.

Justice Carmel Stewart said she was satisfied the assets were acquired with, or are, the proceeds of crime.

The Boyles said they would appeal.

In 2016, the CAB secured freezing orders against the Boyles over a €250,000 three-bedroom house in Casement Drive, Finglas, where Jason Boyle lives.

An apartment at Royal Dreams, Sunny Beach, Bulgaria, was also frozen as well as €72,000 in cash which was found in plastic wrapping during a search by gardai at Larry and Rosaleen Boyle’s home at Coolebrook Cottages, Finglas West, in 2016.

The court heard the money had been buried in the garden of another property previously owned by the couple before they moved it to their current home.

Jason Boyle, who described the allegations as a “defamation of character” and “a slander”, did not make a claim over the assets.

Larry Boyle claimed they were acquired through his savings over 10 years from his business. He said he kept the cash buried because he didn’t trust banks.

The couple also claimed that the property at Casement Drive was bought for €70,000 in 2013 with a €60,000 loan from Mrs Boyle’s father.

Mr Boyle said the apartment was acquired from an associate in exchange for €7,000 plus a jeep.

It was the CAB’s case that Jason Boyle, who was jailed for 10 years in the UK in 2004 for armed robbery, was heavily involved in drug trafficking.

He was the beneficial owner of the properties, Michael Binchy BL, for the CAB, said.

He had no known income other than social welfare since his release from prison and yet had lived a lifestyle well beyond his known legitimate means.

Counsel said it was the CAB’s case that Jason Boyle lived in the house at Casement Drive, which had been extensively renovated after it was bought.

He had one of the bedrooms converted into a walk-in closet, had a Jacuzzi and a sauna installed and had bought highend electronics.

The kitchen had also been extended and bulletproof glass had been installed.

The CAB also claimed that Jason Boyle had owned high end vehicles and had €17,000 of dental work carried out.

Noting his parents’ claims over the assets, counsel said it was accepted they had been advanced a loan by Mrs Boyle’s father to buy the property.

However, their income over the recent years was very modest and it was the CAB’s case that they could not account for the renovation work, the purchase of the apartment or the cash found by gardai.

The judge, in making the orders against the Boyles, said the explanations they gave about where the assets had come from were “unacceptable”.

In particular, she said, in an interview with gardai after the cash was seized Larry Boyle said he believed the total amount was around €50,000.

This, the judge said, was some €20,000 to €25,000 less than the amount recovered.

In and around the same time, a member of the Boyle family had brought €4,000 of water-damaged notes to the Central Bank.

The matter will be mentioned before the court next month.

Herald

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