Thursday 23 November 2017

McGeever getting financial aid from ill fiancee, court told

Kevin McGeever, who was told his legal aid application will be dealt with at a later stage, outside Loughrea District Court
Kevin McGeever, who was told his legal aid application will be dealt with at a later stage, outside Loughrea District Court

Brian McDonald

FORMER millionaire property developer Kevin McGeever is being financed by his ill fiancee, it has emerged.

But he has been told by a judge that he must provide a full statement of means if he is to get free legal aid.

The 68-year-old, who has an extensive property, Nirvana, at Craughwell in Co Galway, appeared at Loughrea District Court yesterday.

Mr McGeever is facing two charges relating to wasting garda time earlier this year.

The charges allege that he knowingly made false reports and statements between January 29 and February 28, tending to show that he had information on allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats.

He is also charged with knowingly making false reports.

The charges follow a garda investigation that began in late January after the businessman was found in a dishevelled state wandering on a road in Co Leitrim.

He had been reported missing in May 2012 and had not been seen until found on January 29.

Yesterday, he sat at the rear of the courtroom and chatted to a male friend.

Inspector Declan Rock asked Judge Geoffrey Browne to remand the accused on bail to Loughrea Court on October 9 and to extend time for service of the book of evidence.

Solicitor Aoife Nash told the court she was appearing on behalf of colleague Tom Brabazon in the case and requested that Mr Brabazon be assigned for the purposes of legal aid.

The judge examined a document handed in by Ms Nash and noted that it was lacking in detail in respect of Mr McGeever's personal circumstances.

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"There's no income, no property details, nothing on this. I want you to find out what his properties are before I can decide on legal aid," Judge Browne said.

After consulting her client, Ms Nash told Judge Browne that he had a property in Craughwell, but was being financed on a day-to-day basis by his ill fiancee.

The judge said that he would remand him on continuing bail and deal with the issue of the legal aid application later.

Irish Independent

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