A JUDGE has ordered state solicitor Michael Murray to inform any interested parties” of his decision to order the forfeiture of almost €30,000 in cash which was seized by gardai almost four years ago.
Judge Carroll Moran noted that any third party claiming ownership of the money is now entitled to bring a Police Property Application within the next six months.
Last year, William Alymer Jnr, aged 32, with addresses at Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston and at Sarsfield Court, Lord Edward Street received a suspended prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to possession of €28,300 in cash on January 11, 2010 for the purpose of committing a drug trafficking offence.
Limerick Circuit Court was told the money was seized during a search of the house at Sarsfield Court where Alymer was living at the time.
Detective Garda Paul Crowley said €8,300 in €50 notes was found in a white envelope under the defendant’s mattress and that a further €20,000 in €50 notes and €100 notes was found hidden in the mantelpiece around the fireplace of the house.
Judge Moran was told Alymer gave conflicting accounts to gardai about the ownership of the monies and claimed the €20,000 did not belong to him.
At Limerick Circuit Court, John O’Sullivan BL, made an application on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions to have the monies seized forfeited under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act.
However, noting that Mr Alymer Jnr has claimed the money did not belong to him, the judge commented that it is open to any third party to make an application for the return of the money within six months.
The judge said he was concerned that any “interested parties” might not be aware of his order so he ordered state solicitor Michael Murray to write to potential interested parties informing them of both his decision and their entitlement to make an application in the district court relating to the money.
Brian McInerney BL, representing Mr Alymer Jnr, did not oppose the application.