The trial of four men accused of having equipment for printing counterfeit currency has been adjourned for a day to allow one of the men attend a medical appointment.
The Special Criminal Court this morning agreed to adjourn matters to allow Anthony Sloan (aged 57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co Louth, attend a hospital appointment.
There was no objection from the State, nor from Mr Sloan’s co-accused Liam Delaney (aged 41), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois, Kevin Flanagan (aged 42), of Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (aged 43), of Portlaoise, Co Laois.
The men have all pleaded not guilty to possession of equipment, including printers and cutting machines, to manufacture counterfeit currency at Ballybrophy, Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois on May 31, 2010.
In his opening address, prosecuting counsel Mr Tom O' Connell SC told the court that gardaí who raided a yard at Ballybrophy on May 31, 2010, found the four accused men in a portakabin.
Inside the portakabin they discovered a trap door, hidden under a chest of drawers, which led to an underground bunker made out of two 40 foot containers.
Within this bunker he said, gardaí discovered a number of printers, cutting machines and other materials used in printing. Mr O’Connell said the court would hear that the men denied knowledge of the bunker and told gardaí they were attending a business meeting in the portakabin.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the trial would resume tomorrow morning before the non-jury court.