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Convicted killer stopped with thousands of euro while out on bail

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Convicted killer stopped with thousands of euro while out on bail

A man who was out on bail during a murder trial was carrying almost €7,000 "concealed in a sock and underwear" while driving on a motorway.

The man, who is in his 20s, was a passenger in car travelling on the motorway outside Cashel, Tipperary.

Dean Crinnion, of Blackwater Grove, Togher, Co Cork, told the Garda who stopped the vehicle that he was heading up the M8 motorway to buy a car.

On inspection of the vehicles, €6,890 in cash was discovered.

The money was "concealed in a sock and underwear", the garda told Cashel District Court of the incident which happened on March 13, 2013.

Judge Terence Finn heard that the garda "returned the money as evidence", then made a police application to have the property disposed.

On March 14, the following day, Crinnion turned up at Angelsea garda station in Cork city, according to the Tipperary Star.

He claimed he had withdrawn the money from an AIB branch in Bishopstown, just outside the city, and produced documents claiming ownership of the money.

Seven months had passed in which there was no activity on Crinnion’s account, before the large withdrawal which left all of €1.19c the account.

Following his disclosure, Crinnion was arrested and detained in Togher garda station for questioning.

He stated that he had “no comment” when pressed on whether or not he had received the money from drug dealing.

Cashel District Court heard that the man was out "on bail for murder" at the time.

Crinnion told the Judge that he was "never known for criminal activity".

Judge Finn ruled that part of Crinnion’s testimony were “wholly implausible”, considering the cash found in the car was well below the value of the car he was supposedly going to appraise.

He was also serving a driving ban at the time of the incident.

The claim order of €6,890 was granted at the "pleasure" of the Minister for Finance.

A year later, in July 2014, Crinnion received a ten-year sentence with the final two suspended, having pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Gerard Delaney in Cork in December 2011.