Sunday 18 August 2019

Judge orders the arrest of man who is alleged to have hindered sale of land


John Alex Kane: Being pursued for millions of euro by the Revenue. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
John Alex Kane: Being pursued for millions of euro by the Revenue. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The President of the High Court has ordered the arrest of a man alleged to be involved in a long-running campaign of intimidation and interference which has hampered the work of a Revenue-appointed receiver.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly made the order after Seamus Kane, of Ardnagullion, Granard, Co Longford, failed to show up in the High Court for a contempt hearing.

The court heard how, in an affidavit, he admitted breaching an undertaking not to enter lands being sold by receiver Myles Kirby, but claimed he was "not in my sane or right state of mind" when he did so.

Both Seamus Kane and his brother, car dealer John Alex Kane, had been due to face separate contempt of court applications brought by Mr Kirby yesterday, but neither appeared in court.

The application against John Alex Kane was adjourned for a week after he submitted a doctor's letter to the court.

However, while the court heard Seamus Kane was claiming to be ill, no medical certificate was produced.

Mr Justice Kelly gave Mr Kirby leave to issue an order of attachment directing gardaí to arrest and detain Seamus Kane and bring him before the court next Wednesday, when he faces the prospect of being jailed for contempt.

Mr Kirby has been attempting to sell parcels of land owned by John Alex Kane in a bid to satisfy a judgment of €4.97m secured by the Revenue against the car dealer a decade ago. But the court has heard the receiver's efforts have been hampered by acts of intimidation and interference allegedly directed by John Alex Kane, whose family ran the Kanes of Granard motor sales business.

Seamus Kane was previously jailed last November for breaching court orders. The court heard at the time he erected signs at one property being sold, warning trespassers would be hanged.

Yesterday the court was told Seamus Kane carried out grass-topping with heavy machinery at one of the parcels of land, known as Willsbrook, on April 19.

In an affidavit, Mr Kirby alleged the incursion was a crude attempt to demonstrate to locals and prospective purchasers that the lands were still under the control of the Kane family.

Irish Independent

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