Garda charged with over 200 counts of deception and receiving corrupt payments
A GARDA has been charged with more than 200 counts of deception and receiving corrupt payments.
Garda John O’Halloran appeared before a special sitting of Cork District Court charged with a total of 212 counts.
These ranged from alleged receiving corrupt payments to deception and theft charges involving various locations in Cork city.
Judge Olann Kelleher was told that Mr O’Halloran (45) made no reply to gardai when he was arrested, cautioned and charged with the matters.
A precise figure for the sums involved was not available but it could extend to tens of thousands of euro.
Inspector Fergal Foley told the court that the accused was arrested at his home at South Douglas Road, Cork shortly after 9am on Tuesday.
Inspector Foley confirmed that Mr O’Halloran was taken to Togher garda station where he was subsequently charged.
The charges involve dates between 2009 and 2014 and ranged from alleged acceptance of corrupt payments to deception and theft counts.
Some of the theft charges involve sums of less than €100. The largest amount involved is €2,500.
A number of charges were also brought under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
These charges alleged that Mr O’Halloran obtained or accepted a payment or a gift for the provision of his services as a serving member of the gardai.
Judge Kelleher was told that gardai were seeking to have the matter adjourned until February 16 next.
This is to allow preparation of a book of evidence in the case which was described as involving a very long, complicated and detailed investigation.
Judge Kelleher was informed the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has already instructed that the matter be dealt with before Cork Circuit Criminal Court and a judge and jury.
Gardai stressed that there was no objection to the defendant being remanded on bail once specific conditions were met.
These included that he not have any contact with potential witnesses in the case, that he enters an independent surety, that he surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for a new one and that he reside at an address specified to gardai.
Defence solicitor Dan Murphy said all conditions would be fully complied with.
Judge Kelleher was told that the defendant was providing, as required, an independent surety of €5,000 with a cash lodgement of €1,000.
He remanded the defendant to appear again before Cork District Court on February 16.