Murder solicitation case adjourned

The case against a former Fianna Fáil councillor Gary O’Flynn on charges of soliciting somebody to murder a detective and two others was adjourned yesterday for preparation and service of a book of evidence.

Murder solicitation case adjourned

Judge Leo Malone adjourned the matter at Cork District Court on the application of Insp John Deasy.

Mr O’Flynn, of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, was represented by Joseph Cuddigan, initially on free legal aid. Last month, Mr Cuddigan withdrew any further claim for free legal aid as a result of what he described as a recent defamation settlement for Mr O’Flynn against The Sun newspaper.

Insp John Deasy, however, said the prosecution had evidence to challenge the statement of assets presented by Mr O’Flynn for his initial application, although legal aid was no longer being pursued.

Judge Malone said the case had moved past that issue and he was not going to hear evidence. He advised that other avenues were open to the DPP in respect of the matter.

Mr O’Flynn, on bail, was remanded to appear in Cork District Court again on May 29.

The charges against him state on a date between Oct 1, 2012, and Feb 15, 2013, inclusive, at Mallow Rd, Cork, he did solicit a named person to murder Patrick Sweeney, and two similar charges whereby he alleg-edly solicited the same named person to murder George Ross and Det Gda Mary Skehan.

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