'Slab' Murphy makes second attempt to halt his tax trial
A PROMINENT republican who is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau appeared before the Special Criminal Court yesterday.
Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was further remanded on continuing bail after his brief appearance on alleged revenue offences.
The nine charges against Mr Murphy (59), from Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, 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 through to 2004.
He was returned for trial to the Special Criminal Court in 2008 from Dundalk District Court and he challenged that return in November, 2008.
The High Court found then that Murphy's rights had been breached but nevertheless ruled that the trial should go ahead.
Mr Murphy has launched a second High Court bid to prevent his trial. Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding at the three-judge non-jury court, said the court would revisit its decision not to fix a date for trial until the High Court challenge was dealt with when Murphy's case is mentioned again on April 27.
The Special Criminal Court normally deals with terrorist-related offences. However, the DPP has the discretion in any case to send it for trial to the three-judge non-jury court.
In 2008, Murphy, his brothers Frank and Patrick, and the Ace Oils fuel company agreed to give up cash, cheques and properties to Irish and British revenue officers.
More than €625,000 in cash and cheques were confiscated in Ireland while nine properties in north-west England worth £445,000 (€495,000) were recovered by the UK authorities.