CAB CASE Kinahan cartel member Ross Browning and associates told to have affidavits before the High Court by December
Kinahan Cartel lieutenant Ross Browning and a list of close family and associates have been told to have affidavits before the High Court by December in response to the Criminal Assets Bureau’s proceeds of crime case.
Legal representation has been listed for all eight named in the proceedings except Stephen Fowler who is currently before the Special Criminal Court charged in relation to the attempted murder of James ‘Mago’ Gately.
The case was listed this week but adjourned until December to allow time for legal papers to be filed in response to the CAB claims.
The Bureau launched major proceedings against Browning, who has fled to the United Arab Emirates, last August and hope to strip him of a millionaires fortune including a private estate in north county Dublin where horses once grazed on his extensive lawns.
Browning is one of CAB’s most significant Cartel targets since Liam Byrne and his family were relieved of houses, cars and wealth in an earlier case.
Amongst a long list of assets the Bureau believe that Browning purchased from drug money is a stunning private compound in Garristown in County Dublin where he built paddocks, a warehouse that resembled a show-jumping arena and two separate houses.
For years fitness fanatic Browning portrayed himself as an ordinary gym owner and even kept an address at Hardwicke Street flats where he grew up. He was so sure he would never be caught that he even applied to compete on RTE’s reality show Fittest Family.
Footage from the series had to be scrapped in 2016 after red faced TV chiefs were told who Browning was and that he was facing trial at the time relating to a false passport. The charges were later dropped.
While Browning convinced many that he had changed his ways and turned his back on his early career in crime, Gardai believe that he has been a member of the Kinahan Cartel for almost two decades and is one of the mob’s most senior operators in Ireland.
The CAB case against Browning has been years in the making and a culmination of a huge probe into his finances which took officers into the heart of Limerick and north County Dublin.
The Bureau want his home, a gated compound in rural Dublin on the County Meath border, land by the sea at Rush, cash, luxury cars, designer watches and a diamond solitaire ring under their Proceeds of Crime case against him.
Browning’s mother Julie Conway, sisters Robyn and Cheryl and relative Lesley Conway are all named in the proceedings along with his partner Sinead Mulhall. Some work at the Club Living I at Cross Guns Business Park.
Associates Ian O’Heaire and Stephen Fowler are also listed in the case being taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
O’Heaire from Finglas was jailed in Australia after he was caught getting off a plane with euro 20,000 worth of cocaine in balloons in his stomach while Fowler is before the Special Criminal Court.
Amongst a list of almost 20 assets, officers from the CAB are looking to seize the land and buildings at Garristown in North County Dublin where Browning has lived for years.
They also want a house in Finglas and sites at Six Cross Lane in Rush where sought after holiday homes can fetch anything up to euro 500,000.
Luxury cars including a Mercedes and an Audi Q7 are also amongst the assets listed before the courts as well as four watches and a diamond ring.
Browning is the main target in the proceedings. The Cartel odd bod was at home in February 2018 when the Bureau searched his gated 1.2 acre compound in Garristown and began to search a number of properties along with an outdoor paddocks and vast warehouses.
There officers discovered what looked like a large industrial style warehouse which had been built at the property and which shielded some of the other buildings from the road.
Browning and his partner were in one house while his mother Julie Conway was living in another property on the site. With her on the day was her then retired Detective Garda lover, Dave O’Brien, who has recently become her husband.
Further searches were carried out at Hardwick Street flats and two lots of cash bundles were found in properties at Dermot O’Dwyer House linked to Browning.
Two ladies watches, a Cartier and a Rolex, were seized as well as men’s pricey timepieces which included a Rolex and a Breitling.
Following the searches officers identified a number of sites at the picturesque Six Cross Lane in Rush which was an area popular with inner city Dublin holidaymakers for generations.
In the proceeds of crime case they are also looking to take possession of a house at Deanstown Road in Finglas with an estimated value of over euro 200,000.
During the CAB searches two years ago, a total of 39 premises where examined including professional offices and Browning’s gym from which boxes of documents were removed.