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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
THE trial of a Cork financial adviser accused of money laundering arising out of the investigation of the Northern Bank robbery will take up to 16 weeks.
Timothy Cunningham, aged 60, of Woodbine Lodge, Farran, Co Cork, faces 10 charges of money laundering arising from a Garda investigation following the robbery of £26.5 million (€33m) from the Northern Bank in Belfast on December 20, 2004.
Jane Hyland, counsel for the prosecution, applied at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday to have the case listed for trial on January 14, 2009. Ms Hyland told Judge Patrick J Moran the case could take between 12 and 16 weeks.
Defence counsel, Alan Toal, suggested that the defence would not be ready to proceed on that date. He argued that the State had yet to disclose all of its evidence against Cunningham.
Mr Toal said they would need to examine the evidence given in the recent trial in Northern Ireland of the bank employee who was acquitted on all charges.
Ms Hyland said her instructions were that full disclosure had been made.
Judge Moran adjourned the case to November 13.
The defendant’s son, Timothy John Cunningham, aged 33, Church View, Farran, Co Cork, faces two similar charges. His case was put back to the same date.
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