new evidence  | 

Court of Criminal Appeal to make final decision on drug dealer David Waldron's free legal aid application to fight CAB case

David Waldren

David Waldren

Nicola Tallant

The Court of Criminal Appeal is set to make a final decision on whether or not convicted drug dealer David Waldron should get free legal aid to fight the Criminal Assets Bureau in their proceeds of crime case against them.

Waldron and his wife Charlene were granted legal aid by Judge Alexander Owens after claiming that they couldn’t afford to pay for solicitors but this week the Bureau put forward new affidavits to the court understood to contain new evidence objecting to the order.

Justice Owens returned the decision to the Court of Criminal Appeal who will now examine the two sides before the Proceeds of Crime case continues.

Waldron and wife Charlene are fighting for their stunning country pile in Wexford which the Bureau want to confiscate as well as other assets accumulated, CAB say from drug money.

David and brother Christopher ‘Git’ Waldron were once close associates of brutal drug lord Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne along with the Bradley brothers Wayne and Alan ‘Fatpuss’. Officers suspect they took over his turf after his murder at the Fausaugh House Pub in Cabra ten years ago.

Jewel in the crown: The country pile that CAB says is owned by David Waldron

Jewel in the crown: The country pile that CAB says is owned by David Waldron

The CAB case was due to go ahead earlier this year but Waldron put in an application for free legal aid claiming he needed the State’s help to fight the Bureau in court.

His wife Charlene Waldron will claim that she has a beneficial interest in the house which she will say she invested in with money she got from her father.

The stunning country pile was identified by CAB officers during their investigations into the Waldrons who they suspect of building up a property portfolio around Wexford and Dublin.

The jewel in the crown is the stunning stone built pile, hidden deep in the Wexford countryside in a townland called Laraheen. There, CAB officers believe David Waldron set his sights on a dream mansion complete with views of the valley, stables and even a man cave.

Their investigations found that David was serving time in prison for a savage assault when the house was built on foot of a detailed planning application submitted to Wexford County Council in March 2015.

While planning was requested in the name of a third party, the individual was known to Waldron and permission was granted for the massive house which resembles a luxury hotel.

Christopher Waldron (with Beard) outside his house.

Christopher Waldron (with Beard) outside his house.

The house, which is known as ‘Darview’, measures an enormous 3,000 square foot complete with bedrooms en-suite with double doors opening out onto viewing platforms.

Waldron designed his very own man den in his country hideaway and when Gardai raided the property two years ago they discovered that it was fitted out with his own personal bar with a pool table and a specially framed poster of ‘The Godfather.’

The house is surrounded with fencing and can only be accessed through intercom. It is covered in natural stone and also houses a gym and a pricey kitchen looking out over the valley below.

It was raided by the Bureau along with 23 other properties linked to Waldron, both professional and private residences. The raids also involved officers from the Garda’s Drug and Organised Crime Bureau with back up from the Emergency Response and other armed units.

David Waldron has nine convictions including one for drug dealing. Brother Christopher was part of a group of men jailed in connection with a violent assault.

The Bureau are looking to take two watches worth €20k from him and his Cabra home in a separate case under the Proceeds of Crime. Last month a section 3 order which prevents the disposal of assets was granted for his family home at Killala Road as well as another property at Mellows Road in Finglas.

The pair were once part of Eamon ‘The Don’ Dunne’s inner circle and are suspected of being amongst those who nabbed his business after he died, linking in with the Kinahan Cartel who had sanctioned his assassination.

CAB has been aggressively fighting applications for free legal aid from known criminals in recent years. In particular it successfully fought applications brought by members of the Byrne Organised Crime Gang by laying out evidence of lifestyle to the court including finances around holidays, home renovations and luxury cars.

Drug lord John Gilligan won free legal aid when he was first targeted by the CAB more than 20 years ago and used it to appeal the cases all the way to the Supreme Court.

Today's Headlines

More Irish Crime

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices