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Cartel love triangle 'Mr Nobody' Declan Brady, his wife and mistress 'laundered over €1.3m via Spanish villa'

The three-judge court was told that Declan and Deirdre Brady paid €66,301 to the Druids Glen Hotel in Wicklow for the wedding of a family member, €27,265 of which was paid in cash for bar and room bills.

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SENIOR Kinahan cartel lieutenant Declan Brady, his wife and his mistress laundered more than €1.3m in crime cash through transfers that included mortgage payments on a Spanish holiday property, the Special Criminal Court heard yesterday.

The non-jury court heard that Brady, who is known as 'Mr Nobody', had laundered €418,654 in crime cash through multiple accounts.

It also heard that his wife, Deirdre Brady, had laundered €770,499 and Erika Lukacs - who was described in court as Brady's "mistress" - had laundered €196,864.

Deirdre Brady transferred more than €140,000 in cash from organised crime to the Spanish bank account of Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh over a five-year period, the court heard.

She also paid €3,000 a month to her husband's Spanish mortgage account on a property in Cala D'Or, Majorca, totalling more than €138,000 between 2014 and 2016. The property has since been repossessed.

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Deirdre Brady

Deirdre Brady

Deirdre Brady

The three-judge court was told that Declan and Deirdre Brady paid €66,301 to the Druids Glen Hotel in Wicklow for the wedding of a family member, €27,265 of which was paid in cash for bar and room bills.

Lawyers for Declan Brady (55) yesterday said their client had taken responsibility for his own actions.

They said he expressed "profound regret" that, but for him taking possession of the money, his two co-accused would not be in this position.

The Special Criminal Court also heard that all three accused have since paid money to the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab).

Declan Brady is already serving an 11-and-a-half-year prison term after he admitted supervising a firearms arsenal including an assault rifle and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

On April 23, Declan Brady, with an address at The Park, Wolstan Abbey, Celbridge, Co Kildare, pleaded guilty to concealing cash to the value of €268,940 in the attic of The Dairy, Rathasker Road, Naas, Co Kildare, on January 24, 2017.

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He had been charged in February with a total of 16 non-scheduled offences.

All the charges come under Section 7 of Criminal Justice Act 2010 and relate to money laundering and terrorist financing within the State.

The alleged offences occurred within the State between January 1, 2012 and January 24, 2017, inclusive.

On April 13, his wife, Deirdre Brady (53), and Ms Lukacs (37) pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to two money-laundering offences.

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Declan Brady's 'mistress' Erika Lukacs. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

Declan Brady's 'mistress' Erika Lukacs. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

Declan Brady's 'mistress' Erika Lukacs. Photo: Collins Photo Agency

Ms Brady and Ms Lukacs were originally charged with a total of 52 money laundering offences when they first came before the court in February.

Ms Brady was charged with 36 non-scheduled offences and Ms Lukacs was charged with 16 non-scheduled offences.

Ms Brady, of The Bailey, Castlefarm, Naas, Co Kildare pleaded guilty to concealing or disguising the true nature or source of money credited to a Permanent TSB account on various dates between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, within the State, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property, in the names of Declan Brady and Deirdre Brady, was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Ms Lukacs, with an address at Lakelands, Naas, Co Kildare, admitted to concealing or disguising the true nature or source of money credited to an Allied Irish Bank account on various dates between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, within the State, knowing or believing or being reckless as to whether the property, in the name of Erika Lukacs, was the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Last April, Fiona Murphy SC, prosecuting, told the court that there would be additional pleas required from the three individuals when they appeared before the court for their sentence hearing.

Declan Brady pleaded guilty yesterday to seven further crime-cash laundering offences, Deirdre Brady admitted to 17 more crime-cash laundering offences and Ms Lukacs pleaded guilty to five more money-laundering offences.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge David McHugh, remanded the three accused in custody until July 30, when they will be sentenced.

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