Friday 24 January 2020

Man (50s) stopped at checkpoint 'intended shipping €1.2m in cash out of Ireland on Monday', court hears

John Fitzgerald leaves the court in Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore
John Fitzgerald leaves the court in Kilkenny. Photo: Pat Moore Newsdesk Newsdesk

A MAN arrested on Friday after €1.2 million in cash was found in the car he driving at a garda checkpoint has been refused bail at a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court this morning.

Judge John Cheatle said that because of the seriousness of the offence and the quantity of cash involved he was satisfied that the State had successfully shown that John Fitzgerald might flee the country.

Mr Fitzgerald, with an address at 7 Woodbrook Place, Green Lane, Carlow, and aged in his mid-fifties, is originally from Tullow, Co Carlow.

Earlier, Gda Sylvia Ryan had set out the Garda objections to Mr Fitzgerald being freed pending the trial.

The court heard that Mr Fitzgerald had, allegedly, intended shipping the cash which amounted to €1,212,120, out of Ireland on Monday.

Before his court appearance, Mr Fitzgerald made no reply when he was charged, while in custody, by Garda Ryan under Section 7(1)  of the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.

Gda Ryan also gave evidence in court of stopping a vehicle driven by Mr Fitzgerald at a checkpoint at Ballyvergal, Carlow on August 25, shortly before 8pm and recovering the money.

Judge Cheatle remanded the accused to Clover Hill prison to appear at the district court there on Friday next.

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