Thursday 22 August 2019

Kean 'didn't know' man injured in shooting was client

Gerald Kean: Claims he was defamed by paper’s article. Picture: Collins
Gerald Kean: Claims he was defamed by paper’s article. Picture: Collins

Tim Healy

Solicitor Gerald Kean has said he only learned that a man injured during the Regency Hotel shooting was a client of his practice when Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) officers called to his office seeking documents about a house bought by the man.

His office acted in 2015 for Sean McGovern in the purchase of a house at Kildare Road, Crumlin, Dublin, for €155,000 cash. The CAB officers told him on March 10, 2016, the same man was wounded in the Regency shooting the previous month, he said. He was aware of the Regency incident, but was unaware, until the CAB told him, that the wounded Mr McGovern was a client.

His concern was that an 'Irish Daily Star' article of March 11, 2016, headlined "Kean caught up in CAB probe", had put him at the "centre" of a CAB probe into gangland crime, he said.

Mr Kean was being cross-examined by Eoin McCullough SC, for the publishers Independent Star Ltd, in his High Court action alleging he was defamed in the article.

He claims it wrongly meant he was linked to gangland crime and has damaged him personally and in his practice. The paper denies defamation and has pleaded fair and reasonable publication in the public interest on a matter of public benefit.

He said in direct evidence another solicitor in his practice acted for Mr McGovern in the purchase.

The case continues today.

Irish Independent

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