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Kinahan cartel associate is charged with 30 counts of laundering over five years

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Jonathan Harding is currently serving a lengthy jail term over a weapons seizure

Jonathan Harding is currently serving a lengthy jail term over a weapons seizure

Jonathan Harding is currently serving a lengthy jail term over a weapons seizure

A senior associate of the Kinahan cartel has been charged with 30 money laundering offences relating to bank accounts he held in his own name over a five-year period.

Jonathan Harding (48), who is currently serving a lengthy jail term over a major weapons seizure linked to the crime gang, appeared before the Special Criminal Court yesterday to face the new charges.

The senior mob associate and his partner Carol Davis (45) were charged at the non-jury court with a total of 50 money laundering offences following an investigation by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB).

Terrorist

Detective Garda Conor O'Sullivan gave evidence to the Special Criminal Court of charging the accused.

Harding, of Kerdiff Avenue, Naas, Co Kildare, faces 30 counts of converting, transferring or handling property, to wit money, between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016 at EBS, Bank of Ireland and AIB, the proceeds of criminal conduct.

Mr Justice Alexander Owens, presiding at the non-jury court, heard from prosecuting solicitor Michael O'Donovan that the charges came under the Criminal Justice Act 2010 and related to money laundering and terrorist financing within the State.

All 30 charges were read out to Harding by the registrar, which took 10 minutes .

They relate to accounts allegedly held in both his name and that of his co-accused, Ms Davis, at EBS, AIB and Bank of Ireland.

Detective Garda Paul Kane gave evidence of arresting and charging Ms Davis, with an address at Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

She is accused of 20 offences, also under Section 7 of the act, between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2016, relating to accounts held in her own name, also at EBS, AIB and Bank of Ireland.

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The DOCB led the investigation

The DOCB led the investigation

The DOCB led the investigation

There was no objection to bail for Ms Davis, who had a warrant executed upon her by arrangement before the court hearing.

She was remanded in custody with consent to bail to July 31 for service of the book of evidence.

An independent surety of €5,000 was approved by the court.

Her co-accused Harding was remanded in custody without an application for bail to the same date, also for preparation of the book of evidence.

Harding was jailed in 2018 for nine years in relation to the seizure of a cache of weapons at a west Dublin business park.

At his sentencing hearing, the court heard he was "not a prime mover" in terms of the overall operation.

It heard he was "a willing participant, but would not have had the acumen to design such an operation".

Bakery

At the hearing in January 2018, the court was told that Harding, who had been in custody for a year at that stage, had enhanced prisoner status during his incarceration.

It was reported at that time that he was to be found work- ing in the prison bakery and was an on-call listener to provide help and support to other prisoners.

He previously escaped charges after he was arrested when officers seized two loaded rocket launchers in one of their first operations against the cartel in May 2010.

The disposable launchers, which were seized along with a cocaine shipment in a raid, can be fired from the shoulder and disposed of after being used only once.

The deadly weapons had been stored by the cartel in a rented shed at the rear of a block of five industrial units on Clane Road at Longtown, Straffan, Co Kildare.