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National Car Test employees accused of accepting bribes for NCT certs

National Car Test employees accused of accepting bribes for NCT certs

A JUDGE has refused to strike out the case of three former National Car Test employees and another man who are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for certificates of road-worthiness.

The State was also given extra time to complete books of evidence which have to be served on the four who were charged following a four-year Garda investigation in the wake of an RTE Primetime documentary in 2011.

Former National Car Test (NCT) workers Alan Richardson (27) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin, Vincent Brunton (32) with an address at Priory Square, Cellbridge, Co. Kildare, Darren Meehan (39) with an address at Delemare, Enfield, Co Meath appeared at Dublin District Court along with the fourth defendant Stephen Rooney (35) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin.

Mr Richardson is accused of accepting cash as an inducement to procure an NCT certificate and creating a false NCT cert on May 14, 2011. Vincent Brunton is charged with accepting a gift as an inducement to procure an NCT cert, failing to perform an NCT test on cars and creating a false NCT certificate on April 20th, 2011.

Mr Meehan is charged with making a false NCT certificate and accepting a bribe on May 14, 2011, and Mr Rooney is charged with three counts of creating a false NCT certifcate in 2011.
They were arrested on November 30th and after they were charged they were granted bail to appear today at Dublin District Court to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that they must face trial on indictment which means their cases will go before a judge and jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

At the district court today Judge Michael Walsh was told the State needed more time to prepare the book of evidence. The prosecution solicitor asked the judge to grant an extension and to adjourn the case.

Judge Walsh was told there were10 statements outstanding and they are being sought by gardai. The prosecution also said it was a "relatively complex matter" and asked the court to note there were four co-defendants.

Defence solicitor Richard Young made an application for the case to be struck out or otherwise adjourned for eight to 10 weeks peremptory against the State.

Judge Walsh refused and adjourned the case for six weeks but he said he wanted progress to be made and the book of evidence ready to be served on the next date.

The four men, who have not yet entered pleas, were remanded on continuing bail.

At their first hearing, on November 30th last, Detective Sean O'Riordain of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation had told Judge Walsh the four men “made no reply” when they were charged.