Monday 19 March 2018

'Slab' Murphy denies nine tax offences in court

Slab Murphy
Slab Murphy

Diarmaid MacDermott

Prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy pleaded not guilty to tax offences at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, denied nine offences and replied "not guilty" when the indictment was put to him by the court registrar.

Wearing a pink shirt, green jacket and brown trousers, Murphy was accompanied by family members.

Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau. The nine charges allege that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004.

Murphy's counsel John Kearney applied to the court to adjourn the trial until tomorrow. Counsel said that the short adjournment would allow the defence and prosecution to consider issues of admissibility. Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge O'Hagan and Judge Ryan, said the court would adjourn the trial.

Irish Independent

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