Slab Murphy to go on trial in October 2015
THE Special Criminal Court in Dublin has fixed a date next year for the trial of prominent republican Thomas "Slab" Murphy on tax offences.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a challenge by Mr Murphy to the validity of a 2007 certificate of the Director of Public Prosecutions directing his trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court rather than the ordinary courts.
Murphy (64), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth 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 to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004.
Today/yesterday(tues.) prosecuting counsel Mr Paul Burns SC applied to the three judge court to fix a date for Murphy's trial.
But Murphy's counsel Mr Tony Mc Gillicuddy BL said that there were matters arising from the Supreme Court judgment that needed further instructions from Mr Murphy. He applied for a further remand.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said that the court would fix October 6th, 2015 as the date for Murphy's trial. The judge warned Murphy that if he wished to furnish an alibi evidence he would have to furnish details of that alibi within fourteen days. Murphy was remanded on continuing bauil until October 6th, 2015.