Tuesday 24 April 2018

Sean Quinn son-in-law gave group's receivers laptop with a blank hard drive

Stephen Kelly, the husband of Sean Quinn's daughter Aoife Quinn
Stephen Kelly, the husband of Sean Quinn's daughter Aoife Quinn

Tim Healy

A MEMBER of the Quinn family handed over a laptop for analysis which had a blank hard drive, a court has heard.

One of the joint receivers appointed over the assets of family members of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn wants to know why the laptop provided by Stephen Kelly was in this state.

Receiver Declan Taite said this was the second issue he had with Mr Kelly – who is the husband of Mr Quinn's daughter Aoife Quinn – about devices provided by him.

A memory stick was also reported stolen from Mr Kelly and his wife's vehicle in late July 2012 .

Mr Taite said Epsion, a company that analysed the laptop on behalf of the receivers, had concluded in its report earlier this month that a secure wiping tool was used to delete and overwrite all previous data on the hard drive.

In his affidavit, Mr Kelly said he bought the laptop secondhand via a website and it had not worked despite various attempts by him to make it operational and to clean it.

Save for attempts to make the laptop work, neither he nor any other person used it, he said. "In particular, no documents were created on it, received or sent."

Andrew Fitzpatrick BL, for Mr Taite, told Mr Justice Peter Kelly in the Commercial Court that his side needed time to consider Mr Kelly's explanation, outlined in an affidavit which had just been received.

Mr Justice Kelly yesterday adjourned for a week Mr Taite's application for various orders relating to the case.

Mr Taite wants the court to compel the Quinns to explain transactions involving the movement of substantial sums between national and international accounts, and had also sought an explanation for the blank laptop.

Mr Taite alleges the family were required from February to provide the explanation for the transactions, but have yet to do so. He was concerned the defendants were delaying and trying to avoid such disclosure, he said.

He wants explanations, including why accounts jointly held by another of Mr Quinn's daughters, Ciara Quinn, and some of her children, were used for "an enormous level" of transactions to national and international accounts.

The payments referred to include a €735,000 credit payment, dated May 2011, from the account of a windfarm company to an account held by Ciara Quinn.

Another payment, dated January 2012, was a €320,000 debit transfer to an account in Dubai with the beneficiary named as Market Study Solar Energy.

Other payments were substantial six-figure debit payments made to lawyers, while a credit payment of some €320,000 was also made in April 2012 to Ciara Quinn's own account from an account of a company in Dubai.

In relation to the laptop issue, Mr Kelly had provided two laptops and other devices for analysis by the firm Epsion in late 2012. Between one laptop and various other devices provided by Mr Kelly, there were some 45,000 documents but the hard drive of the other laptop was blank and overwritten.

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