Quinns’ receiver seeks time to consider laptop explanation

Company that analysed the laptop concluded that secure wiping tool was used

 Stephen Kelly pictured with his wife Aoife Quinn. Photograph: Collins

Stephen Kelly pictured with his wife Aoife Quinn. Photograph: Collins

Tue, May 13, 2014, 10:23

One of the joint receivers appointed over assets of members of the family of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn has asked for time to consider an explanation from Stephen Kelly, husband of Aoife Quinn, about why the hard drive of a laptop handed over by Mr Kelly for analysis came to be blank.

Receiver Declan Taite says this is the second issue with Stephen Kelly and devices provided by him. Previously a memory stick was reported as stolen in late July 2012 from a vehicle of Mr Kelly and his wife.

Mr Taite said Epsion, a company that analysed the laptop on behalf of the receivers, had concluded in its report earlier this month that a secure wiping tool was used to delete and overwrite all previous data on the hard drive.

In his affidavit, Mr Kelly said he bought the laptop secondhand via a website and it had not worked despite various attempts by him to make it operational and to clean it. Save for attempts to make the laptop work, neither he nor any other person used it, he said. “In particular, no documents were created on it, receievd or sent.”

At the Commercial Court today, Andrew Fitzpatrick BL, for Mr Taite, said his side needed time to consider Mr Kelly’s explanation, outlined in an affidavit just received.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly agreed to adjourn for a week Mr Taite’a motion for various orders, including orders compelling the Quinns to explain transactions involving the movement of substantial sums between national and international accounts. He had also sought an explanation for the blank laptop.

Mr Taite alleges the family were required from February last to provide the explanation for the transactions but have yet to do so.  He was concerned the defendants were delaying and trying to avoid such disclosure, he said.

The receiver wants explanations including why accounts jointly held by Sean Quinn’s wife, Ciara, and some of her children were used for “an enormous level” of transactions to national and international accounts.

The payments referred to include a €735,000 credit payment, dated May 2011, from the account of a wind farm company to an account held by Ciara Quinn and a daughter of Mrs Quinn. 

Another payment, dated January 2012, was a €320,000 debit transfer to an account in Dubai with the beneficiary named as Market Study Solar Energy.

  Other payments were substantial six figure debit payments made to lawyers while a credit payment of some €320,000 was also made in April 2012 to Ciara Quinn’s own account from an account of a company in Dubai.