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Criminal cash Former model accused of trying to smuggle £180k out of NI has case adjourned for four weeks

The case against Dubliner Mark Adams had been scheduled to be elevated to the Crown Court on Tuesday

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Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

Mark Adams (left) talks to reporter Patrick O'Connell

Legal “papers are voluminous” in the case against former airport policeman and model accused of trying to smuggle £180,550 of criminal cash out of Northern Ireland.

The case against Dubliner Mark Adams had been scheduled to be elevated to the Crown Court on Tuesday by way of Preliminary Enquiry but with the 42-year-old appearing at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, by videolink from Maghaberry prison, defence counsel Eoghan McKenna applied for the case to be adjourned.

He told District Judge Nigel Broderick the “papers are voluminous and the case is slightly unusual in that it depends, in no small measure on the expert opinion evidence of a police officer.”

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Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

Some of the cash seized in Adams' luggage at Belfast International Airport

 

Adams, Castle Heath, Malahide, Dublin faces a bill of indictment containing three charges - concealing and attempting to remove criminal property from NI on 9 May 2018 and entering into an arrangement to remove criminal property, alleged to have been committed between 13 May 2013 and 10 May 2018.

None of the facts were opened during a brief mention of the case but it is understood they relate to £180,550 in cash being uncovered in Adams’ hand luggage bag at Belfast International Airport.

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Adams last January when he failed to attend court and that was executed last August when officers from An Gardai Siochanna brought him to the border and handed him over to the PSNI.

On Tuesday Mr McKenna asked for the case to be adjourned for four weeks to allow time for the defence time to consider how they want to progress the case whether by conceding there is a strong enough case against Adams to justify sending it to the Crown Court or whether to test the evidence against him.

Remanding Adams back into custody, DJ Broderick adjourned the case to 2 November.

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