Criminal Assets Bureau still searching for Daniel Kinahan as they serve papers on associate

The court heard the bureau is still looking for information on the appropriate address for Kinahan
Criminal Assets Bureau still searching for Daniel Kinahan as they serve papers on associate

When asked if he wished to participate in today's court proceedings, Thomas Kavanagh (pictured) replied: "I don't want to talk to you, go away." File picture: Jason Roberts/PA

Senior Kinahan cartel associate Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh has been served papers in the Criminal Assets Bureau's (CAB) attempts to seize a property in Dublin linked to Daniel Kinahan and jailed businessman Jim Mansfield Jnr, the High Court heard on Tuesday.

The court heard that the bureau is still trying to serve papers on Daniel Kinahan, who remains in Dubai. Shelley Horan BL, acting for CAB, said that she will update the court on those efforts on June 21 as the bureau continues its inquiries.

Ms Horan also informed the court that Kavanagh, currently in the Belmarsh Prison in the UK, was given an opportunity to participate in today's proceedings either by appointing a solicitor or by video link.

She said that when a garda spoke to Kavanagh through a cell door at Belmarsh, the garda explained to him that the CAB had presented evidence to the High Court and had begun proceedings to seize property at Saggart in south Dublin.

When asked if he wished to participate, Kavanagh replied: "I don't want to talk to you, go away."

The papers were served on Kavanagh by pushing them under the cell door and, Ms Horan said, the garda saw Kavanagh pick them up.

Ms Horan said that a member of the Metropolitan Police also explained to Kavanagh that he could appoint a solicitor or represent himself but when asked if he would like to attend, Kavanagh replied: "No comment."

Ms Horan said she was not looking for the court to make any order today but wanted to satisfy it that papers have been served on Kavanagh. In relation to Daniel Kinahan, she said it is the bureau's case that the property in question is potentially owned by him and that he is a crucial participant in the proceedings. 

She said the bureau is still looking for information on the appropriate address for Kinahan and said she may ask the court for a "substitute" on the next date. It was suggested at a previous hearing that Kinahan could be served via email or through his associates or by social media.

Mr Justice Michael MacGrath adjourned the proceedings until June 21.

Last month, CAB began proceedings aimed at seizing a luxury property in south Dublin, alleging that Daniel Kinahan and Kavanagh gave Jim Mansfield two suitcases containing €4.5million which was to be invested in property for the cartel. 

That deal collapsed when Mansfield's finances suffered during the economic downturn but it is alleged that Mansfield Jnr later reached a deal with the cartel to repay them by giving them the house at Coldwater Lakes in Saggart. At the previous hearing in April, CAB said that Kinahan has effectively owned the property since 2014.

CAB must serve papers on the various respondents in the case before it can seize the property. Mansfield and his brother Patrick Joseph Mansfield have already consented to an order waiving any claim over the property. Kinahan is now the only respondent yet to be served.

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