Kidnap claim businessman charged with ‘wasting garda time’
THE property developer who claimed he was abducted for eight months has been charged with making a false complaint and wasting garda time.
Kevin McGeever (68) appeared before Judge Geoffrey Browne at Strokestown District Court earlier today.
He was charged under Section 12 A and 12 B of the 1976 Criminal Law Act.
These relate to knowingly giving false information that an offence had been committed and wasting garda time.
The charges relate to dates between May 27, 2012 and January 29, 2013.
The court heard evidence from Garda John Keating of Gort Garda Station of arrest and charge.
Gda Keating arrested Mr McGeever at Brooklawn in Clontarf, Dublin, at 4.50pm yesterday.
He was taken to Gort Garda Station where he was charged with both counts at 10.35pm.
Mr McGeever made no reply to either charge.
Castlerea Inspector Padraig Jones said gardai did not object to bail but requested a number of conditions. This included an independent surety of €10,000, of which €3,000 is to be cash.
He must also provide his own bond of €2,500.
Joan Devine, acting as agent for Tom Brabazon solicitors, asked Judge Browne for the independent surety to be lowered.
"I've been asked to look for a lesser amount. He informs me he is not in a position to come up with that amount of money," she said.
Inspector Jones told the court that gardai would have "reservations" about a lower sum.
"It's reasonable in the circumstances," he added.
When Ms Devine asked if the amount could be lowered to €8,000, Judge Browne replied; "No."
Mr McGeever was also told to hand in all travel documents and not to apply for any further documents.
Inspector Jones told the court they already had one of Mr McGeever's passports but requested any other passports also be handed in.
Gardai also asked Mr McGeever to provide an address at which he resides.
They requested seven days notice if he intends to change this address.
Mr McGeever was also ordered to sign on three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at a garda station to be nominated once the home address is given.
He must sign on between 7am and 10pm.
Mr McGeever was remanded in custody with consent to bail. His case was adjourned until July 26 at Harristown Court.
Mr McGeever was charged last night at Gort Garda station.
The Mayo man was arrested by appointment in Clontarf Dublin yesterday afternoon and was immediately taken to Gort garda station in Co Galway.
He was held overnight at the Galway station before being brought to Strokestown this morning.
Mr McGeever arrived at Strokestown Courthouse shortly before 10.30am. Dressed in blue jeans, a blue and white striped shirt, black leather jacket and black shoes, Mr McGeever looked relaxed as he was taken from the back of the garda car. He was wearing a pair of sunglasses which he removed on entering the courtroom.
He spent some minutes speaking with his legal counsel before the brief court hearing began.
Mr McGeever sat in the body of the courtroom while a number of other cases were dealt with by Judge Browne.
Mr McGeever was reported missing in May 2012. He was not seen again until January of this year when he was discovered by a passer by on a roadway Corlough near Ballinamore on the Cavan Leitrim border.
He was in a dishevelled state and was admitted to the Midlands Regional hospital in Mullingar Co Westmeath where he was treated for dehydration and malnutrition. Gardai began an investigation into the allegation of false imprisonment. However, Mr McGeever was arrested by gardai in Gort in March in relation to wasting garda time.
He was released without charge at that stage and a file was sent to the DPP.