03 May 2006

Date fixed for money-laundering trial

Evening Echo

03/05/2006 - 12:45:30

The Special Criminal Court today fixed a date in December for the trial of a Co Cork chef arrested last year as part of a garda investigation into IRA money-laundering.

Don Bullman (aged 31), a chef and father of two, of Fernwood Crescent, Leghanamore, Wilton, Co Cork was charged in February last year with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on February 16, 2005.

Today, prosecution solicitor Mr Denis Butler asked the court for a trial date and said the trial was expected to last two to three weeks.

The court fixed December 12 for Bullman's trial and remanded him on continuing bail until then.

Bullman's counsel Ms Anne Rowland BL applied for a variation in Bullman's bail conditions to allow him to sign on three times a week instead of daily at Toher garda station and to allow him to take two weeks holiday outside of Ireland in August, but the court adjourned that application until a later date in the absence of Bullman's surety.

Last year during a bail hearing, Detective Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan of the Special Detective Unit said that gardaí had found a bag containing a Daz box and the box contained more than €94,000 wrapped in three individual wrappings of €30,000 each when Bullman was arrested at Heuston Station in Dublin in a northern-registered jeep.

The Detective Superintendent said during that hearing that Bullman was "a central individual" to the activities of the IRA prior to February 16, 2005 and that activity was "a money-laundering operation for the IRA, in which he is central".

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