Man remanded over wasting Garda time on kidnap claim

Gardaí investigated claims businessman Kevin McGeever was held captive in 2012

Kevin McKeever arrives at Strokestown Court, Co. Roscommon today. Photograph: Willie Farrell

Kevin McKeever arrives at Strokestown Court, Co. Roscommon today. Photograph: Willie Farrell

Wed, Jul 24, 2013, 12:10

A 68-year-old businessman has been remanded in custody with consent to bail after appearing in court on two charges of wasting Garda time.

Kevin McGeever, with an address at Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, appeared before Strokestown District Court in Co Roscommon.

Garda John Keating gave evidence of arresting Mr McGeever at Brooklawn, Clontarf, Dublin 3 on Tuesday and conveying him to Gort Garda station in Co Galway where he was charged on Tuesday night.

Mr McGeever was charged under sections 12 (a) and 12 (b) of the Criminal Justice Act 1976, relating to wasting garda time on dates between January 29th and February 28 this year.

Garda Keating said that Mr McGeever made no reply to either charge.

Inspector Padraig Jones made at application during the brief court appearance that Mr McGeever be remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Bail was set for Mr McGeever at his own bond of €2,500 and an independent surety of €10,000.

Defence solicitor Joan Devine asked that bail be reduced as Mr McGeever was not in a position to come up with the money but Judge Geoffrey Browne did not alter bail.

He imposed a number of conditions in relation to travel documents and a current address for Mr McGeever, who will also have to sign on at a Garda station three times a week.

Mr McGeever was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday.