December 22, 2019

first_imgThe trial at the Special Criminal Court of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence of cheques from a Donegal company being lodged in a bank account in his name.It is the prosecution’s case that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to cattle and land, and received farming grants from the Department of Agriculture, he failed to make any returns to revenue.Mr Murphy, 66, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Charles McCarthy, former manager of Irish Life and Permanent PLC’s money-laundering reporting service, told the court that, in 2006, records of financial transactions conducted by Thomas Murphy, with an address at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, were handed over to gardaí.The account is based at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, the court heard.The non-jury court heard evidence in relation to cheques drawn from the account between December 2003 and January 2006.Copies of the cheques were shown to the three-judge court, which heard that cheques were paid from the bank account to Elphin, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt livestock marts.Mr McCarthy told Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that the cheques were signed by T Murphy.The court also heard evidence of a series of cheques, with a total value of over £41,000, paid into the account in 2000.The cheques, made payable to Thomas Murphy, were lodged by Donegal Meat Processors and the Paymaster General, the court heard.John Kearney QC, defending, told the court that his client, Mr Murphy, was “not in control” of the bank account and that the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, controlled the account.Mr Kearney put it to Mr McCarthy that: “Not on a single, solitary occasion did Thomas Murphy set foot in the Clanbrassil Street branch of PTSB Dundalk.”Mr McCarthy replied: “I never met the man, so I don’t know.”Records relating to Patrick Murphy’s bank account, also at TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, were shown to the court.Referring to those records, and to the records of Thomas Murphy’s bank account, Mr McCarthy agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 9 December 1996, sums of £500 were lodged into both accounts.Mr McCarthy further agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 1 April and 25 June 1997, sums of the same amount, £500 and £1,000 respectively, were lodged in both accounts.“Do you agree with me that it’s consistent with one man lodging to both accounts on the same day?” Mr Kearney asked the witness.“It’s quite possible,” Mr McCarthy replied.Mr Kearney suggested to the witness that Patrick Murphy used the account to carry out farming activity.“I can only say that it’s possible,” Mr McCarthy said.The trial continues.TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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