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High Court freezes assets of Console founder, his wife and their son

Patricia Kelly, wife of Console founder Paul Kelly, leaving the High Court today
Patricia Kelly, wife of Console founder Paul Kelly, leaving the High Court today

The High Court has granted injunctions freezing the assets of Console founder Paul Kelly, his wife Patricia and their son Tim.

It was one of five orders sought by lawyers for the suicide bereavement charity at a hearing before Mr Justice Paul Gilligan.

The court was told by a solicitor representing Mr and Mrs Kelly that Paul Kelly had been admitted to a psychiatric institution today.

However, solicitor James McGuill said Patricia Kelly was in court.

Counsel for Console secured mareva orders freezing the assets of Mr and Mrs Kelly. A temporary freezing order was also made freezing the assets of Tim Kelly, who, the court was told, runs Console’s operation in the UK.

Martin Hayden SC also secured orders requiring the three defendants to provide details of all bank accounts and details of companies they are involved in with links to Console. These would include trusts and foundations.

He also secured an order requiring Paul and Patricia Kelly to provide details of any asset transfers they had made since January 1, 2012.

A similar order against Tim Kelly may be pursued next week.

Log in details for a Paypal account operated by the charity must also be handed over.

Mr Justice Gilligan gave the Kellys until next Monday to hand over the information.

The court heard further details of credit card spending allegedly incurred by Mr and Mrs Kelly and their son.

This included €41,151 spent by Paul Kelly in 2015. Items covered included dry cleaning, dentist appointments, meals and travel.

Patricia Kelly ran up credit card bills of €35,298 in 2015. The card was used to withdraw cash from ATMs, pay local property tax and motor repairs.

The court was told Tim Kelly’s credit card spending for 2015 came to €63,752.

This included spending on phones, travel, motor insurance, AirBnB and various restaurants.