Money-handling case adjourned


The sentencing of four people who acted as money-handlers for the John Gilligan drug gang has been adjourned because statements they made to gardai have not been presented to the court. Two of the four wept as they were told that they would be remanded in custody until next Monday. Judge Dominic Lynch said that he had considered the facts of the case and couldn't adjudicate on the matter properly unless he was presented with the statements.

Yvette Warren (69), Patrick Warren (69) and Nicola Warren (26) have pleaded guilty to handling money they knew was the proceeds of drug-trafficking or other crimes, at their home in Heatherview Drive, Tallaght in 1996. Nicola Warren's husband, Brian Cummins (26), of Clonfert Road, Crumlin also pleaded guilty to handling more than £10,000 to another man on behalf of the Gilligan gang. Mr Paul O'Higgins SC, defending, said there were very good reasons why some of the statements had not been put before the court but said he understood Judge Lynch's position. The court declined an application to grant bail to the four and sentencing was adjourned to Monday, March 1st.