Counterfeiting trial hears argument over interviews
The trial of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency yesterday heard legal argument on the admissibility of certain interviews held with one of the men during his detention at Tullamore Garda station.
The evidence was heard during the eighth day of the trial at the Special Criminal Court of Anthony Sloan (57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co Louth and his co-accused, Liam Delaney (41), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois; Kevin Flanagan (43), Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (43), Portlaoise.
The men have all pleaded not guilty to possession of equipment, including printers and cutting machines, to manufacture counterfeit currency. The court heard that gardaí who raided a yard near Ballybrophy found the four accused men in a Portakabin. Inside the Portakabin gardaí discovered a trapdoor, hidden under a chest of drawers, which led to an underground bunker constructed from two 40ft containers.
After yesterday’s legal argument, evidence is due to continue to be heard today in front of presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler.