Gardaí seized €25,640 in €20 notes, court hears

The trial of four men accused of kidnapping a Securicor worker and his family before robbing €2,28m has heard how a cash bundle of nearly €26,000 was seized during a search of one house.

Gardaí seized €25,640 in €20 notes, court hears

The trial of four men accused of kidnapping a Securicor worker and his family before robbing €2,28m has heard how a cash bundle of nearly €26,000 was seized during a search of one house.

Jason Kavanagh (aged 39) of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin, Christopher Corcoran (aged 66) of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton, Dublin Mark Farrelly (aged 42) of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock, Dublin and Alan Costello (aged 50) of Cromcastle Road, Coolock pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five charges each.

They are accused of falsely imprisoning Paul Richardson at Ashcroft, Raheny, Dublin on the night of March 13 and 14, 2005 and of falsely imprisoning Marie, Ian and Kevin Richardson on the same dates.

The four accused are also charged with robbery of €2.28m in cash from Mr Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd.

Detective Sergeant Gerard Holland told Seamus Clarke BL, prosecuting, that he and other gardaí carried out a search of the home of Vera Costello in Ongar, Lucan, west Dublin on April 27, 2005.

He said gardaí found a small suitcase in the attic containing 14 plastic bank bags each with €20 notes. The court heard the total amount of cash seized was €25,640.

The court heard that gardai observed a 2002 Alpha Romeo car outside the house. They seized a receipt for €9,800 from AJ Motors car sales made out to Alan with an address at Cromcastle Road and signed Alan Costello.

The jury have heard in a statement of Alan Costello's father that he has a daughter called Vera.

Alan Moran from AJ Motors car sales testified that the receipt found at Vera Costello's home was for a car purchased from himself and was signed by Alan Costello.

He previously gave evidence that in mid April 2005 two men called “Costello” and “Ken” paid him around €9,000 cash in bundles of twenty euro notes for a second hand Alpha Romeo car.

Detective Garda Gerry Maher told Dominic McGinn SC (with Mr Clarke) that on June 22, 2005 he observed Gerard Grand and David “Mousey” Byrne talking to each other in the Priorswood shopping centre.

The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and a jury of nine men and three women.

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