Assets seized CAB target Jason Boyle begs court to give his parents back their home
CAB target Jason Boyle — whose Finglas home was fitted with a jacuzzi, sauna and bullet-resistant windows — made an unprecedented appeal to a High Court judge this week to give his parents back their houses.
The convicted armed robber, who denies he is a drug dealer, brought his parents, Rosaleen and Larry, with him when he appeared during the Criminal Assets
Bureau monthly listings to beg the court to reconsider taking the property, cash and holiday apartment in Bulgaria.
The Boyle family told Judge Alexander Owens they’d wheel his elderly grandfather into court in his sick bed if they had to, in order to get the properties back.
Boyle had installed a special jacuzzi bath flanked with a picture from the movie Scarface in the bathroom at the fortified Finglas house at Casement Drive, north Dublin, where he lived.
He turned another bedroom into a wardrobe, which held his 40 pairs of runners in different colours to match his outfits, and he also had a holiday home at Royal Dreams apartment complex in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria.
Both properties were in the names of his parents, while €72,000 cash was found in black bags and buried in the back garden of their home.
However, following a court battle with the CAB two years ago, in front of Justice Carmel Stewart, it was ruled that the two properties and cash were his and were the proceeds of crime.
Last year, a receiver from the CAB was placed over the assets so they can eventually be sold and the funds placed into State coffers.
Boyle has been incensed by the court ruling and has refused to accept that he has lost the nest egg he built-up, gardaí suspect, through years of drug dealing in Finglas — an allegation he denies.
Despite claiming social welfare since he was released from prison in 2011, he had lived at the highly secure Finglas property since 2013 when it was bought for €70,000.
When the CAB brought its case to court the house was valued at €250,000 due to extensive renovations and improvements to it. These included the installation of top-of-the-range surround sound system, high-tech security and a hot tub, jet shower and high-vaulted extension to the rear.
Boyle had also spent €17,000 having his teeth improved, owned a €47,000 Audi A7 and had a holiday home in Bulgaria. A massive €72,000 found buried in his parents’ garden during a search in 2016 was also ruled to be the proceeds of crime and was confiscated from him.
During the case it was claimed that the money belonged to his dad, Larry Boyle, and was savings he didn’t trust in a bank.
Boyle has already been refused leave to appeal the decision to appoint a receiver over his assets by the Supreme Court, which ruled last May that the High Court decision stands.
However, he has now returned to the High Court to attempt to challenge the decision again in what a legal representative for the CAB said would be ‘perverse’ if allowed go ahead.
Judge Owens told Boyle to concentrate his mind on the legal issues in his case and allowed him to return to the court in December if he presents new evidence or another party who has an interest in the properties in order to re-open the case.
Rosaleen Boyle told the judge that her father had given her money to purchase the house in Finglas where her son Jason lived — an argument already made by Boyle and rejected by Justice Stewart.
She said her father had broken his hip and had other health issues but that she would ‘wheel him into the court in his bed’ to give evidence to the effect if she had to.
Jason Boyle told Judge Owens the court was wrong to give the State receivership over the Casement View house, the apartment and the money, insisting they are his parents and not his. But Boyle was reminded that those claims were already rejected in the case.
Boyle represented himself in court during the original hearing, claiming he couldn’t afford a solicitor as he had been refused legal aid. And he said he intended to do the same again.
“My parents haven’t a proceeds of crime case against them. That’s me. And they own the properties and the money. It’s theirs, not mine,” he insisted.
Counsel for the CAB said that Justice Stewart had spent a day in the High Court in December 2018 hearing debate on the same issues that Boyle was re-introducing.
The Bureau advised Judge Owens that it was not open to the court to have a rehearing of the Section 3 order unless a respondent is out of the jurisdiction or new evidence has emerged.