Sunday 25 March 2018

Man (44) jailed for possession of €20,000 counterfeit funds 'used to finance IRA activities'

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Daniel Hickey

A man has been jailed for two years for the possession of €20,000 of counterfeit money.

The Special Criminal Court heard from a member of the Special Detective Unit that the counterfeit notes were to be used to "finance the activities of the IRA". 

Robert Day (44), of St Attracta Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 had pleaded guilty to the unlawful custody of 400 counterfeit €50 notes at Monck Place, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 on February 2, 2014.

His co-accused, Hubert Duffy (49) was given an 18 months suspended sentence for possession of a stolen motorcycle.

Duffy, with an address at George’s Place, Temple Street, Dublin 1 had pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen BMW motorcycle at the Phoenix Park Racecourse Apartments, Navan Road, Dublin 7 on a date unknown between November 11, 2013 and February 2, 2014

At today's sentence hearing, Detective Superintendent Thomas Maguire, of the Special Detective Unit, told the court that the counterfeit money was used to "finance the activities of the IRA".

Det Supt Maguire told prosecuting counsel Vincent Heneghan BL that, on November 12th, 2014, a 650 cc BMW motorcycle was stolen overnight.

The court heard that, later that day, Det Supt Maguire's collegue observed the BMW motorcycle being driven by a man to the Phoenix Park Racecourse apartments. 

The driver stopped, spoke to Robert Day and drove the motorcycle into the apartment complex's underground car-park. 

The driver was identified as Hubert Duffy, the court heard.

The court also heard evidence that, on February 2nd, 2014, gardai in Dublin were engaged in surveillance of suspected IRA activity.

Day walked into Clark's pub on Phibsboro Rd, followed later by a man named Richard Molloy.

Last year, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Molloy (44), of Preston Heights, Kilmeague, Naas, Co Kildare, was jailed for six years for selling €20,000 in counterfeit bills in exchange for €2,200.

Detectives inside Clark's pub observed Day reading a newspaper, the court heard. 

Day was approached by Molloy, who placed another newspaper on the table and picked up an item.

Day was detained outside Clark's pub and dropped something at his side, the court heard. Counterfeit money worth €20,000 was seized.

€2,000 was found on Molloy, Det Supt Maguire told the court, adding that the money had been exchanged for the counterfeit currency. 

 The court heard that Day has one prior conviction for assault causing harm, from 2000, when he received a two year suspended prison sentence.

 Duffy has no prior convictions, the court heard.

 Delivering the judgement, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge, non-jury court said that when considering the men's sentences, the court was "ignoring allegations that the money may have been part of an IRA fund-raising operation".

 Day's sentence was backdated to August 10th, 2014.

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