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case adjourned Book of Evidence served on Graham 'Wig' Whelan accused of money laundering and drug offences

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Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice. .

Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice. .

Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice. .

The Book of Evidence has been served on a father-of-four who is accused of a series of money laundering and drug trafficking offences after his arrest in a penthouse suite at a luxury South Dublin hotel.

The Special Criminal Court previously heard that when asked to account for €1.2k in cash found in his pocket, Graham Whelan told gardaí that it had come from "up his Swiss roll".

Mr Whelan appeared on bail before the non-jury court today where his case was adjourned after service of the book was confirmed by the State.

Mr Whelan was granted strict bail in March of this year by the three-judge court, despite the objections of gardai who told the court they believed the defendant was a flight risk as he had access to "endless amounts of cash".

The defendant, who appeared in court today wearing a grey suit jacket, white shirt, dark trousers and black shoes did not speak during the brief hearing.

Mr Whelan (38), with an address at Walkinstown Avenue, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 is charged with 10 non-scheduled offences that include charges related to drug trafficking.

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 Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Graham “The Wig” Whelan, at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Today a request for a relaxation of Mr Whelan's curfew from Mr Michael Bowman SC was granted to accommodate his four children.

Mr Bowman said that Mr Whelan has four young and active children for whom he is the sole provider after the death of his partner. A request for his curfew to be extended to 7am-9pm was granted by presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt.

Mr Bowman said that Mr Whelan had been obeying all his bail conditions, including that he sign on at a Garda station twice a day, which the State confirmed. There was no objection to the extension.

The court previously heard that Whelan told officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB) that he had gotten €1,275 in cash from "up his Swiss roll, up his arse" and told them to keep it, when they searched his penthouse suite at the south Dublin Intercontinental Hotel in 2019, which it is alleged he had booked for three nights.

Charges

Mr Whelan is charged with converting, transferring, handling, acquiring, possessing or using money in the amounts of €1,275 and €2,140 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, on January 31 2019, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property was the proceeds of criminal conduct. The amount of €2,140 was paid for a room at the five star hotel.

He is also charged with converting, transferring, handling, acquiring, possessing or using an Audemers Piguet Royal Oak Gentleman's watch at the same time and location, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

The accused man is further charged with possessing or controlling an article to wit a tick list in circumstances giving rise to a reasonable inference that he possessed or controlled it for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation, facilitation or instigation of a drug trafficking offence on the same occasion.

He is also accused of possessing or controlling an article, to wit a BQ Aquarius mobile phone in circumstances giving rise to a reasonable inference that he possessed or controlled it for a purpose connected with the commission, preparation, facilitation or instigation of a drug trafficking offence on the same occasion.

In addition, Mr Whelan is charged with possessing cocaine and cannabis in a room at the hotel on the same date. He is also charged with possessing cannabis on Walkinstown Avenue, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 on May 1, 2019.

The defendant is further charged with concealing and disguising the true nature or source of money used in the improvement and/or refurbishment of property at Walkinstown Avenue, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 between August 21 2018 and May 1 2019, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Finally, Mr Whelan is accused of converting, transferring, handling, acquiring, possessing or using money in the improvement and/or refurbishment of the property between the same dates, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

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Mr Justice Hunt, today, adjourned the case until June 10 and had previously asked parties in the case to be prepared to go to trial by September this year.

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