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State keeps slain gang boss's BMW

SLAIN gang boss John Paul Joyce went to hand over a BMW car's logbook on the day he went missing, it has been claimed.

The murdered criminal's partner told a court that that Mr Joyce, right, went to pass over the book to a David Goulding on the day he disappeared.

Mr Joyce's body was found on January 9 last near Dublin Airport two days after he had last been seen.

Mr Goulding has since gone missing, the court heard, during a police property application hearing, and the logbook claim was strongly disputed by Mr Goulding's girlfriend.

The claim emerged during the property application, which came before the court.

The BMW once owned by Mr Joyce will remain in the possession of the State after a judge ruled that neither his partner nor another couple had shown they had a proper claim to it.

Mr Joyce's partner, Leah Murphy, argued the black BMW, which was seized by gardai some time ago, should be returned to her.

However, Karen Duffy claimed Mr Joyce sold the Northern Ireland-registered car to her and her partner David Goulding and they were the legal owners of the vehicle.

Ms Duffy said she and Mr Goulding paid cash for the car, and she had the car keys and the logbook and was insured to drive it.

But Mr Joyce's partner Leah Murphy, of Ferrycarrig Road in Coolock, claimed no money ever exchanged hands, and there wasn't a paper trail to prove that Mr Joyce sold the car. Ms Murphy previously told Blanchardstown District Court that on the day Mr Joyce went missing last January he had gone to give the logbook of the BMW to Mr Goulding.

Ms Duffy's solicitor, Fiona Brennan, said her client strongly disputed this, saying she had the logbook days before Mr Joyce went missing. But the judge said there was no proof of any financial transaction.