Tuesday 20 March 2018

Man held after €1.2m was found in his car is refused bail

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

Sean Keane

A man arrested after €1.2m was found in the car he was driving has been refused bail.

At a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court, Judge John Cheatle said because of the seriousness of the offence and quantity of cash involved he was satisfied the State had successfully shown John Fitzgerald might flee the country.

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

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

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

Mr Fitzgerald was stopped at a checkpoint at Ballyvergal, Co Carlow, on August 25.

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

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

Irish Independent

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