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Bankrupt hurling star could be jailed for contempt

FORMER Wexford hurling star Paul Codd (below) could be jailed for contempt of court unless he co-operates with the bankruptcy regime.

Last March, Codd, an All-Ireland winner in 1996 and a former captain of Wexford, was adjudicated bankrupt by the High Court arising out of his failure to satisfy a judgement for €530,000 secured against him in 2011.

The official assignee, Chris Lehane, whose role is to assist bankrupts in their obligations to their creditors, claims Mr Codd "is failing to engage" with him.

He told the High Court yesterday that Mr Codd had also failed to complete a statement of his affairs.

Mr Codd must also meet the official assignee and provide him with all the necessary documentation and information, so Mr Lehane could administer the former hurler's estate.

Mr Lehane said that should Mr Codd fail to attend court on the next occasion, he required permission from the court to bring a motion seeking Mr Codd's attachment and committal to prison for alleged contempt.

Mr Justice John Hedigan said he was satisfied to grant the orders sought by the official assignee.

The judge said Mr Codd must "face up to the realities" of his bankruptcy and co-operate.