Local businessmen on theft charge

A special court sitting is likely to be required for the case of two local businessmen accused of theft and deception offences, Dundalk Circuit Court heard last week.

A special court sitting is likely to be required for the case of two local businessmen accused of theft and deception offences, Dundalk Circuit Court heard last week.

Raymond Fee (30) with an address at Millstream, Distillery Lane, Dundalk and Anthony Roddy (61) of Dungooley, Kilcurry are facing a trial on a charge of alleged theft from Ulster Bank Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk on August 19th 2007 and of making gain or causing loss by deception at Rampart Lane, Dundalk on March 3rd 2007.

A previous sitting of the court was told that that ‘complex financial transactions’ were involved in the case “including land purchases, stock market transactions and various other financial matters” and the services of a forensic accountant might be required.

Last Tuesday Judge Michael O’Shea was told the case could take two to three weeks to be heard.

Barrister Jim McCullough for Mr. Fee applied for legal aid to be extended to provide for a senior counsel.

He added that the issues “have become more complex by the disclosure involved in the case”.

Judge O’Shea granted the application after he heard that both the DPP and Mr Roddy have senior counsel assigned.

Judge O’Shea noted that a special sitting would be required given the estimated length of the case.

He put the case back to the next sitting of the court on October 8th and remanded both men on continuing bail.