A property management company has been granted criminal immunity for hiring an unregistered security firm following a “notorious” farm recapture at the Roscommon Company.
His property in Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon, was seized by KBC Bank in 2018.
Farmer Michael Anthony McGann, and his siblings David and Geraldine were removed from the property in December 2018 under a possession order.
Four days after being deported, a group of men arrived at the property, attacked the security guards and set the car on fire.
There is no offer of family participation.
The Private Security Agency (PSA) has prosecuted Discessio Consulting Ltd, which operates as Trinity Asset Management Services.
The company pleaded guilty in Dublin District Court this week to soliciting an independent contractor to provide security in Strokestown on December 11, 2018, without the relevant license.
Aggregate offenses in the district court may result in a fine of not more than €3,000 or, if an individual is prosecuted, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months. Conviction of an indictment in circuit court can result in a fine or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.
The PSA initially brought six charges but withdrew five.
The court heard that Trinity Property Management Services had no criminal record.
Attorneys for the company asked the judge to note the offense related to the “notorious stroke in Strokestown”.
Defendant performed wealth management services for various banks. It is clear that the repossessed home must be protected.
The court heard the Dublin company hired Armagh GS Agencies to seize the property after the sheriff recovered the property.
Counsel said the employees were “seriously assaulted” for five days and some of them filed personal injury complaints against security and Trinity’s Property Management Service.
Another party has requested the GS. Its principal, as an individual, has the right to work in the republic. However, the company itself did not do so, the court ruled.
Judge Halpin applied the Offenders Probation Act after the company agreed to make an immediate €500 donation to charity.
The court heard that the independent contractor was convicted of the related crimes in December 2020.
PSA is the independent statutory body in Ireland that regulates private security services. It was established under the Private Security Services Act of 2004.
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