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Thursday 14 November 2019

Extortion thug 'Dee Dee' refuses to be 'frogmarched' to seized mobile

Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll
Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll

A receiver has been appointed to sell a mobile home that previously belonged to a known criminal who extorted thousands of euro from builders working for Dublin City Council in return for protection.

Ms Justice Carmel Stewart at the High Court gave permission for a mobile home belonging to Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll to be sold and for four bank accounts containing more than €250,000 to be taken over by the liquidator.

The High Court previously heard that O'Driscoll, of Croftwood Grove, Ballyfermot, and his "enforcer" David Reilly, of nearby Croftwood Park, charged firms building houses for the city council between €1,200 and €1,500 a week to protect the sites from vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Frogmarched

Benedict O Floinn, for the State, told Ms Justice Stewart that O'Driscoll and Reilly could travel with a garda to the mobile home to pick up any personal belongings before the sale.

However, John Noonan, for the respondents, said his clients were not willing to be "frogmarched" to the home by a garda, as they believed gardai wanted to use the opportunity to "put them under pressure" and to abuse, embarrass or humiliate them.

Ms Justice Stewart agreed to allow the two men to go to the mobile home with a garda.

She said they should compile a list of items that they would like the liquidator to make available to them.

A horsebox seized by the CAB but which neither respondent claimed ownership of will also be sold.

O'Driscoll has 20 previous convictions, including for bribing a garda, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice.

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