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CAB Carry Out Money Laundering Searches In Tipperary.

The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized 115 cars, including Mercedes and BMWs, together with €43,000 in cash and £1,000 in sterling and a Rolex watch as part of their investigation into money laundering by a drugs gang in the mid-west region. A further bank account, with over €30,000 has also been frozen, under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act. Documentation in relation to the financing and ownership of assets, mobile phones and electronic storage devices have also been seized in eight searches.

The eight searches were carried out yesterday in counties Tipperary, Limerick and Dublin, with the motor vehicles removed from the forecourt of a car sales company in Limerick. Two car sales businesses, two private homes and four professional offices including those of Solicitors, Accountants and a Finance Company in Tipperary, Limerick and Dublin were also searched.

Member of An Garda Síochána Arrested

One member of An Garda Síochána, latter suspected of leaking confidential information regarding the ongoing CAB investigation to the criminal gang; together with a senior businessman linked to the motor trade, have also been arrested and are being questioned.

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Tipperary Man Sentenced To Life In Prison

Mr Ross Outram, aged 28 years, from Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel, in Co. Tipperary has today been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Waterford pensioner and retired dairy farmer Mr Paddy Lyons.
His 90-year-old victim had been found slumped in an armchair at his home near Lismore, Co Waterford two years ago and his murder was described by the prosecution earlier as a ‘vicious and sustained attack’ on a completely defenceless elderly man.

Verdict

It took a jury, of eight men and four women, just three-and-a-half hours, before returning a unanimous guilty verdict. Mr Justice Paul Coffey then thanked the jury for their care and ‘exemplary’ attention in what he stated was a ‘long and difficult case’. He also excused them from further jury duties for the next 15 years.

The prosecution contended that this was a most violent robbery; performed in the middle of the night by a young, strong 26-year-old man, against a 90-year-old friendly, trusting man, with a non-functioning arm, latter in receipt of ‘Home Help’. Mr Outram believed that Mr Lyons had cash in his possession and the former was going to relieve him of it.

Mr Outram informed Gardaí that he had consumed 100 Xanax tablets on that day, and that he was forced to fight back after Mr Lyons struck him with a walking stick and a shovel. Mr Outram did had injuries including marks on his hands, bruising to the inside of his thigh and he claimed he had lumps on his head. The trial heard that Mr Paddy Lyons was in fact restricted to limited use of his right arm and could only keep it in one position.

Mr Outram had denied murdering Mr Paddy Lyons at some time between February 23rd and February 26th of 2017, claiming self-defence. His victim had suffered multiple blows to the head and neck from a blunt weapon causing blunt force trauma to his body. The 90 year old suffered traumatic brain injury and shock, due to fractures of his hip joint, jawbone and ribs.

Following today’s verdict, lawyers for Mr Outram informed the court that the latter had apologises for having killed Mr Lyons and that he is “deeply remorseful”.

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Four Months Jail For Criminal Damage In Thurles

Mr Noel McLoughlin with an address at No.15 Railway View, Templemore, Co. Tipperary has been jailed for four months, at Nenagh District Court, by Mr Justice Flann Brennan. Mr McLoughlin had pleaded guilty to his involvement in what was described as a “criminal damage spree” in Thurles.

Garda Ms Karen Barber told the court that Mr McLoughlin had admitted to the theft of a bottle of whisky valued at €14.49 from Lidl Supermarket, Templemore, on February 26th, 2019. Mr William O’Brien, BL, defending Mr McLoughlin, said that all later committed criminal incidents were connected through his client’s stealing of this whisky. Mr O’Brien said that his client was extremely intoxicated and had taken tablets and was out of control, thus leading to his extraordinary and unacceptable behaviour.

Criminal Damage Spree

On February 28th, last Mr McLoughlin admitted to entering a camper van at Kincora Terrace, Brittas Road, Thurles, and setting fire to the front passenger seat of the vehicle. He then travelled on to Parnell Street, Thurles, before attempting to gain access to yet another vehicle. On failing to gain access here, he left the vicinity to return later with a plastic bag, which he placed under the vehicle and set it on fire. Mr McLoughlin then travelled to the Thurles Parnell Street car park area of the town and damaged the window of another vehicle. All the incidents were captured on CCTV footage.

Mr Justice Flann Brennan described the numerous incidents as being serious, before jailing Mr McLoughlin for four months, to run concurrent on each of the committed offences.

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Roads Department, Tipperary Co. Council Issue Statement

Statement from the Department of Roads at Tipperary County Council.

The Roads Department of Tipperary County Council, wish to inform landowners that it has come to their attention that persons, latter purporting to be agents/contractors, are approaching farmers and other landowners, claiming that the Council has employed them to cut trees/hedges on behalf of the said Council. These rogue agents are also seeking payment for any work undertaken.

Tipperary County Council wish to make it clear to the public that it has absolutely no involvement, whatsoever, with these persons and has not employed their services in any capacity. They further point out that it is up to each individual landowner to arrange to cut their own trees/hedges.

If any member of the public should come across such so called agents, they are asked to report the matter immediately to Gardaí.

Should members of the public wish to receive further clarification on the above, please contact Tipperary County Council at Tel: 0761 06 5000, to discuss the matter further.

Note: All landowners and occupiers of land should note that Section 46 of the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 prohibits the cutting, of hedges and ditches during the period March 1st to August 31st each year; thus ensuring the safety of birds and other wildlife.

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Murdered Victims Trial Jury To Visit Tipperary Tomorrow

Dublin Central Criminal Court.                    Photo G. Willoughby

The murder trial of a Tipperary farmer who stands accused of killing another male love rival, has heard that a broken hair clip, springs, cable ties and bone fragments were recovered from a pit where the deceased’s body was discovered some two years after he had been reported missing.

Mr Patrick Quirke, aged 50 years, from Breanshamore, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Bobby Ryan, latter aged 52 years on a date unknown, but sometime between June 3rd, 2011 and April 13th, 2013.

The selected jury in the trial will travel tomorrow to the farm where the deceased body was located.

It is the prosecution’s claim that Mr Quirke murdered the DJ / lorry driver, Mr Bobby Ryan (known as Mr Moonlight, latter seen as a possible love rival), prior to Mr Ryan being recovered from a slurry run-off tank on farmland in the townsland of Fawnagowan; same just a 9 minute drive (6.4km) from Tipperary town on the N24, on the Bansha road in Co. Tipperary.

We understand that the late Mr Ryan was last observed leaving the home of Mrs Mary Lowry, whom he was in a relationship with, on the morning of June 3rd, 2011.

The six men and six women jury already spent time examining still photographs of the run-off tank, a slurry tank, various farm buildings and the nearby home, all in the area where Mr Ryan’s decaying body was located back in 2013.

Detective Sergeant Mr Larry Stapleton, at the Dublin Central Criminal Court, informed defence counsel Mr Lorcan Staines, with regard to the items found at the location of the body.

Suggesting that they all locate and bring Wellington Boots; Justice Eileen Creedon confirmed to the 12-person jury, that they will travel to the farm in Tipperary to view the relevant buildings and the surrounding land tomorrow; but warned they should do so simply as observers; warning them not to take photographs or carry out any personal experiments.

Already in opening to the trial of Mr Quirke on Monday; prosecuting Counsel Mr Michael Bowman said that the prosecution will rely on various strands of circumstantial evidence which, when all woven together, would prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Quirke is indeed guilty of this crime of murder.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail