Wednesday 13 November 2019

Kevin McGeever to stand trial this month

Former property developer Kevin McGeever outside Loughrea District Court
Former property developer Kevin McGeever outside Loughrea District Court

The property developer accused of faking his own kidnapping will stand trial later this month.

Kevin McGeever (69) with an address at Nirvana, Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway is facing charges of making a false complaint and wasting garda time.

A brief court hearing at Galway Circuit Court today heard that a date for the trial would be fixed this Friday. Barrister for the State Conor Fahy said there was not sufficient time to hear the case this week.

Barrister for Mr McGeever, Daithi Mac Carthaigh, told the court that some issues had arisen in relation to dates of depositions and that he may make an application to take depositions when the case comes before the courts again on Friday.

Judge Rory McCabe put the case back to Friday when a date would be fixed for trial. At a previous hearing Judge McCabe was informed that the case would take up to three days to hear.

Mr McGeever attended Galway courthouse for the brief hearing today. Dressed smartly in a grey suit, white shirt and pink tie, he looked relaxed as he chatted with his defence counsel.

The Mayo man is facing two charges under Section 12 A and 12 B of the 1976 Criminal Law Act. These relate to knowingly giving false reports and statements that an offence had been committed and to wasting garda time. The offences were allegedly carried out between January 29 and February 28 of this year.

They relate to the period of eight months from May 27, 2012 and January 29, 2013 when he initially claimed to have been abducted.

The charges followed a garda investigation after the businessman was found by a passer by wandering on a road near Corlough in Co Leitrim in January. He had been reported missing in May 2012. He was in a dishevelled state and was admitted to the Midlands Regional hospital in Mullingar Co Westmeath where he was treated for dehydration and malnutrition.Gardai began an investigation into an allegation of false imprisonment.

Mr McGeever was arrested and questioned by Gardai in March which resulted in a number of charges being brought against him.

By Caroline Crawford

Irish Independent

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