Cork garda charged with deception resigns from force

Cork garda charged with deception resigns from force

A MEMBER of An Garda Síochána, who pleaded guilty to eleven charges related of deception, theft and receiving corrupt payments, has resigned from the force, it was confirmed yesterday.

John O’Halloran, aged 46, from South Douglas Road, was due to face trial by judge and jury at Cork Circuit Criminal Court earlier this month on 212 charges, but he pleaded guilty to the sample charges.

Judge Sean O Donnabhain noted O’Halloran’s plea on November 1 on all eleven counts and inquired of defence senior counsel, Ronan Munro, if O’Halloran was still a serving member of An Garda Siochana.

Mr Munro said that O’Halloran was still a serving officer, but he fully accepted that his membership of the force was now incompatible with his guilty pleas on the various charges against him.

Judge O Donnabhain adjourned the matter until yesterday for clarification on this issue.

Defence barrister, Siobhán Lankford, confirmed yesterday: “He has resigned.”

Judge Ó Donnabháin said that as that issue had been resolved sentencing could take place on February 26, 2018. Character evidence is to be presented on the sentencing date.

John O’Halloran, who was based at Barrack Street Garda Station in Cork city, pleaded guilty to three counts of corruption, one of making a gain by deception and seven counts of theft on various dates between June 2009 and September 2015 in Cork.

The corruption charges relate to O’Halloran corruptly obtaining cheques for €785.40, €1,994.56 and €949.24, which were all drawn on the UCC Students Union account at AIB Bank, College Road.

Those particular charges state that O’Halloran corruptly obtained the cheques as an inducement or as a reward for the provision of his services as a garda while already employed and paid as a garda.

Three of the theft charges relate to O’Halloran stealing monies at AIB Bank, Western Road, from the CIE Pension Scheme for staff between December 2011 and September 2014.

Another theft charge relates to the theft of €100 from Connaught Avenue Residents Association while the remaining three theft charges relate to stealing hundreds of euros from private companies.

The deception charge relates to inducing a resident of Connaught Avenue in November 2013 to give him €5,500 by claiming he had got a tax bill for €11,550 from the Revenue Commissioners.

O’Halloran claimed that the tax bill related to an offshore account held by his late father, Seán O’Halloran, even though he knew that no such tax bill existed, the deception charge states.

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