Man removed dye from cash dropped in robbery
dublin district court
A DAD-of-one tried to remove dye from money that had been taken in a cash-in-transit robbery by immersing it in diesel and stain remover in his shed.
Graham Dempsey (25) had been out walking when he came across the bundle of cash that had been dropped by the robbers, Dublin District Court heard.
Gardai investigating the heist in Tallaght raided Dempsey's home and found €465 in the process of being cleaned in a biscuit tin and basin.
Dempsey had nothing to do with the €19,000 robbery itself.
Judge Ann Ryan adjourned his case for probation and community service suitability reports.
Dempsey, of Bawnlea Drive, Jobstown, pleaded guilty to handling the proceeds of criminal conduct on December 12, 2013.
Detective Garda Michael McGrath said two men carried out an armed cash-in-transit robbery at Crough's Pub in Tallaght on October 21, 2013.
Dempsey's home was searched and €465 was found in a shed at the rear, submerged in diesel and colour patches in a basin and a biscuit tin.
He said he had found it when out walking and that he did use some of what he found.
The ink had exploded during the robbery and Dempsey found it afterwards, his barrister said. He could not remember how much he had already used before his arrest.
The house where the cash was found was his family home.
His only prior convictions were for motoring offences.
The accused had started his own car valeting business and was working seven days per week.