Car dealer risks losing helicopter and Ferrari

The Criminal Assets Bureau will take ownership of a helicopter, a Ferrari, a Range Rover, and a bank account containing over €26,000 from a Roscommon car dealer who faced contempt of court proceedings yesterday.

Roger O’Grady, aged 29, of Ballinphuill, Tibuhine, Castlerea, Co Roscommon, and also Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, was arrested at the weekend and brought before Mr Justice Kevin Feeney at the High Court sitting in Cork yesterday.

Benedict Ó Floinn,barrister for CAB, said Mr O’Grady was before the court on an application by the bureau to have him committed to prison for contempt of a previous order for Mr O’Grady to pay €60,000 to CAB.

Solicitor Donal Daly was appointed yesterday to represent Mr O’Grady in Cork, and following consultations with CAB’s legal team, Mr Ó Floinn BL said that, subject to the court, if Mr O’Grady gave certain undertakings then they would not pursue the application to have him jailed for contempt of the previous court order against him.

Mr Justice Feeney said that the purpose of the civil contempt of court was coercive of a defendant to comply with court orders, and that if he gave undertakings to comply yesterday then the court would not jail him.

However, the judge warned Mr O’Grady that yesterday’s undertakings were the second set of undertakings given by him and that any failure to comply by Nov 26 would not be dealt with as benignly by the court.

Mr O’Grady gave the following undertakings: that ownership of a bank account with over €26,000 is transferred to the State; that a Range Rover Vogue, in which he was arrested at the weekend, is also transferred to CAB, which will then be able to sell it, with the proceeds going to the State; similarly, a Ferrari F355 can be sold by the receiver, namely CAB; and a Robinson helicopter is to be sold to the benefit of the State by CAB also.

The final undertaking given by Mr O’Grady was to prepare a statement of assets including details of all vehicles held by him at Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. This must be done by Nov 22.

The matter will be back before the High Court sitting at the Four Courts in Dublin on Nov 26.

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