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Facing trial Widow of 'Fat' Andy Connors, his two sons and daughter-in-law charged over €300k crime proceeds probe

Ann Connors (45), John Connors (27), Andy Connors Junior (25),and Melissa McEnerney (24) are facing charges in relation to the laundering of cash, cars and a watch, valued at €28,000

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Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

The widow of murdered 'Fat' Andy Connors, his two sons and daughter-in-law have appeared in court following an estimated €300,000 proceeds of crime investigation by gardai.

Ann Connors (45), John Connors (27), Andy Connors Junior (25),and Melissa McEnerney (24) are facing charges in relation to the laundering of cash, cars and a watch, valued at €28,000.

They are facing trial by judge and jury in the circuit court, after the DPP ruled that matters were too serious for the district court.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded three of the accused on bail to appear before the court again in October, when they are expected to be served with the book of evidence.

John Connors did not apply for bail and he was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

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From left, Melissa McEnerney, Andy Connors and Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

From left, Melissa McEnerney, Andy Connors and Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

From left, Melissa McEnerney, Andy Connors and Ann Connors at Tallaght District Court

 

The four, all of The Ranch, Boherboy Road in Saggart, were arrested on Thursday morning and taken to Tallaght garda station to be charged, Garda Simon Whelan told Tallaght District Court.

Ms McEnerney is accused of crediting a total of €48,987, which was the proceeds of crime, to a bank account at Drumcairn Green in Tallaght in two separate amounts of €17,735 and €31,252, on dates in 2016 and 2019.

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John Connors pictured at Tallaght District Court

John Connors pictured at Tallaght District Court

John Connors pictured at Tallaght District Court

 

John Connors and Andy Connors are facing separate charges in relation to cash and cars.

Ann Connors faces 32 charges, the court heard, including offences in relation to a €28,000 watch and numerous thefts of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP).

Gda Whelan said he had no objection to bail for Ann Connors, Andy Connors or Melissa McEnerney, subject to conditions, including a curfew and sign on conditions.

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Crimeboss ’Fat’ Andy Connors was gunned down.

Crimeboss ’Fat’ Andy Connors was gunned down.

Crimeboss ’Fat’ Andy Connors was gunned down.

Defence solicitor Aengus McCarthy applied for legal aid for Ann Connors, but Gda Whelan objected, and the matter was deferred to allow the accused to submit a statement of means.

Gda Whelan had no objections to legal aid for the other accused, and Mr McCarthy and defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan were assigned on legal aid.

The accused have not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

Ann Connors husband, 'Fat' Andy died in her arms in August 2014, after he was shot outside their home in Saggart.

The garda investigation into the killing of Mr Connors remains open and no one has ever been charged in relation to his death.
 

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