Punts seized in last millennium during Limerick house search forfeited to State

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The Police Property Application was made before Limerick District Court

The Police Property Application was made before Limerick District Court

A JUDGE has formally directed that almost £2,000 in Irish Punts which was seized by gardai in Limerick more than two decades ago be forfeited to the State.

Making a Police Property Application before Limerick District Court, Sergeant Bernard McDonagh said the £1,995 in cash was seized when a a house in Castleconnell was searched on November 13, 1996 – more than two years before the introduction of the Euro in Ireland.

He told Inspector Ollie Kennedy the money, which is the equivalent of just over €2,500, has been in the possession of gardai during the intervening 21 years.

No reason was given in court as to the delay in bringing the application.

Sergeant McDonagh confirmed that gardai believe the money is the proceeds of crime and he confirmed the person from whom it was seized had been notified of the application.

There was no appearance from the woman in court and there was no objection to the garda application.

Insp Kennedy confirmed the application was to have all of the cash forfeited to the State.