Ex-councillor admits seeking killer for hire<

ormer Fianna Fáil councillor and solicitor Gary O’Flynn is to be sentenced in April after confessing to charges of soliciting someone to murder three people — a garda fraud squad, a Revenue Commissioner, and an accountant.

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Gary O’Flynn, of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork, was arraigned at Cork Circuit Criminal Court, where he pleaded guilty to three counts of soliciting a man to murder accountant Patrick Sweeney, Revenue official George Ross, and Sgt Mary Skehan of the Garda Fraud Squad at Anglesea St, Cork.

The charges were brought under Section 4 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861, soliciting to commit murder.

O’Flynn, who was at the centre of a fraud investigation two years ago, replied guilty to each of the three charges. The only other time he was required to speak was when he came from the holding cell to Courtroom 2 at Cork Circuit Criminal Court and was asked by registrar, Richard O’Connor: “Are you Gary O’Flynn?” The defendant replied: “I am indeed.”

After he pleaded guilty to the three counts his senior counsel, Marjorie Farrelly, said: “The accused is on bail on these charges. He is serving a sentence having been convicted of other offences.”

She said sentencing was due to end on February 24. As sentencing in yesterday’s case was to be adjourned until April, she initially indicated that he would be looking for continuing bail.

Ms Farrelly said O’Flynn had a serious psychiatric condition and was finding his time in prison a difficult experience.

Tom Creed, prosecution senior counsel, said the State was opposed to bail. “These are serious offences,” said Mr Creed. “While he had consent to bail before he is now a convicted person.”

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin asked if there was any reason the defendant could not be sentenced before the present sittings of Cork Circuit Criminal Court conclude at the end of this month.

Ms Farrelly said the defence would not be ready in that time, as they required the preparation of reports from a psychiatrist, forensic psychologist, and counsellor. She complained that the State only objected to bail because of the guilty pleas being entered.

Mr Creed said that was not the only basis for objecting to bail and that the State would also be putting forward evidence of intimidation of witnesses.

The case was adjourned for a couple of hours yesterday but by the time the matter was called again the defence had withdrawn their bail application.

Judge Ó Donnabháin remanded the accused in custody until April 22.

The facts of the case will be outlined for the court on that date.

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