Solicitor to face trial over hitman charges
A SOLICITOR and former city councillor will face trial next February on charges of soliciting someone to kill a detective garda, a Revenue Commissioner and an accountant.
Gary O'Flynn (37), a son of former FF TD Noel O'Flynn, was remanded for trial by judge and jury before Cork Circuit Criminal Court. He denies all charges.
Defence solicitor Joe Cuddigan applied for free legal aid before Judge Dave Riordan.
Mr Cuddigan said that, in light of the serious nature of the charges, he was seeking legal aid for both a senior and junior counsel. He also applied for copies of all garda interviews and related material.
Dermot Sheehan, for the State, said all such materials would be provided.
However, Mr Sheehan asked for the legal aid issue to be adjourned until Monday.
Mr Cuddigan said the application was before Judge Riordan and should be dealt with.
Mr O'Flynn told the court he was unemployed and had no source of income.
He confirmed that he had an interest in a Limerick property but that there was a mortgage on it and the property was now in negative equity.
The defendant also confirmed that he had received €5,000 in settlement of a defamation action against a UK newspaper but that this money had been totally exhausted on his District Court legal fees.
Judge Riordan granted free legal aid and sanctioned two counsels.
The accused was remanded to appear before the Circuit Criminal Court on February 3.