The High Court has ordered the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to seize a Dublin mansion controlled by cartel boss Daniel Kinahan.
he luxury home is the first to be confiscated from Kinahan after it was found to be drug proceeds.
A motion to appoint a receiver will be heard next month to allow everyone currently residing at the 10 Coldwater Lakes home in Saggart to vacate.
Evidence was previously heard that Jim Mansfield Jnr. was handed over to Kinahan in partial repayment after the businessman failed to invest €4.5 million for the crime gang.
The money was handed over in two suitcases to pay for four townhouses in 2009, but the deal never went through after Mansfield’s fortunes deteriorated.
Shelley Horan BL, for CAB, said relations “soured” afterwards and the Mansfield family had been threatened with repayment.
The court was told that an agreement was reached that three cash payments would be made and that 10 Coldwater Lakes would also be turned over to Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, who the FBI said was acting as Kinahan’s agent.
While attempts were made to formalize the handover, this never happened.
The CAB said the villa was in control of Daniel Kinahan and that items found during a 2015 search were evidence of this.
These included Kinahan’s passport and boarding passes linked to his presence in a bedroom at the estate.
Another €3,850 in cash was found in a secret compartment behind a safe in that room, which was also part of the CAB proceedings.
Paperwork was also found belonging to James Quinn, who is currently serving a sentence for the feud murder of Gary Hutch, while recovered CCTV footage showed Kinahan’s brother Christopher Jnr inside the home. Former boxer Matthew Macklin, a business partner of Kinahan, was also present when Gardaí searched the home.
The court heard he was “polite” but declined to answer questions.
Evidence was also presented in an affidavit by Bureau of Drugs and Organized Crime Det Chief Supt Seamus Boland on Daniel Kinahan.
He explained that Kinahan has played a “essential role” in importing drugs and firearms into Ireland, Britain and mainland Europe, and in money laundering.
The lead detective also said Daniel Kinahan was a person who “sanctioned a number of murders” as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud.
He added that Thomas Kavanagh is believed to be an international drug trafficker and a key player in the Kinahan organized crime group, which has close ties to Daniel Kinahan.
The High Court heard that the Mansfield family had disclaimed any interest in the property and that efforts had been made to serve papers on the other two defendants.
“Bomber” Kavanagh was visited in prison in the UK, where he is serving a sentence on conspiracy to import drugs, but has refused to cooperate with Gardaí and police officers.
Attempts to deliver Kinahan papers to two addresses in Dubai that the bureau believes he still has access to have also been unsuccessful.
A CAB detective contacted DHL to deliver the documents, but they refused, citing “operational and commercial” reasons and “reputational risks” after he was sanctioned by the US government.
Attempts to serve Kinahan had also been made by a third party, of whom “Daniel Kinahan acted as best man at his wedding,” but this also proved unsuccessful.
Ms Horan said there was a wealth of evidence supporting CAB’s position and it was “remarkable” that no one had claimed ownership of the sizable property.
Mr Judge Michael McGrath said he was satisfied that all reasonable efforts had been made to serve the two men and that they were aware of the proceedings.
He accepted that Thomas Kavanagh and Daniel Kinahan owned or controlled the property and that it was acquired in whole or in part by proceeds of crime.
The judge ordered the confiscation of the mansion and cash under Section 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act and adjourned the matter until November 15 to hear a motion to appoint a trustee.
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