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Thursday 14 December 2017

Former politician admits role in plan for triple murder

A FORMER city councillor pleaded guilty to soliciting someone to murder a Detective Garda, a Revenue Commissioner and an accountant.

Gary O'Flynn (39), a son of former Fianna Fail backbench TD Noel O'Flynn, entered the plea before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

O'Flynn, a qualified solicitor, indicated he was pleading guilty to three charges as the court was about to deliberate on a trial date.

He will now be sentenced in April after Judge Sean O'Donnabhain was told that substantial medical reports need to be compiled first for the benefit of the court.

Defence counsel, Marjorie Farrelly SC, said the reports were essential and would take two months to prepare.

O'Flynn was granted free legal aid last year after the court was told he was in "a destitute situation".

The charges were brought contrary to Section 4 of the Offences Against the Persons Act, 1861 and relate to dates between October 1, 2012 and February 15, 2013.

All three charges involved an address on the Mallow Road in Cork. The three individuals named are Det Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioner official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney.

The charges specify that the same named individual was solicited by Gary O'Flynn to murder the trio.

No further details of the charges were given.

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O'Flynn of Hayfield Drive, Castle Court, Whitechurch, Co Cork was first charged before Cork District Court but the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) indicated that the matter had to be dealt with by judge and jury.

O'Flynn, who appeared in court wearing a grey suit and tie, remained silent except to confirm his three guilty pleas.

Judge O'Donnabhain was told that O'Flynn remains under the constant care of a psychiatrist.

He has been receiving psycho-medical treatment for a variety of problems for some considerable period.

Tom Creed SC indicated that the State would be objecting to any bail application given the serious nature of the charges to which O'Flynn had pleaded.

Judge O'Donnabhain was told that O'Flynn is currently serving an unrelated sentence for deception. That term was imposed on July 3 last year with O'Flynn scheduled to complete the sentence and be released from custody on February 24.

Judge O'Donnabhain adjourned sentencing on the soliciting to murder pleas until April 22 and remanded O'Flynn in custody.

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