Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Agency in bid to seize RUC man killer's assets

A convicted police killer operated a major cigarette smuggling racket after his release from jail, it was claimed in the High Court.

Seamus Mullan also allegedly used mortgage fraud to buy two houses in Co Derry, a judge heard.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is seeking to confiscate the properties and a bank account, claiming they are the proceeds of crime.

Its application for a civil recovery order got under way following a failed attempt to have the civil case dismissed.

Mullan's lawyer had claimed he was unable to give proper instructions due to a head injury suffered in 2008.

The 57-year-old, formerly of Lisnascreghog Road, Garvagh, was released from prison 10 years earlier under the Good Friday Agreement. He had been jailed for the murder of Willis Agnew, an off-duty RUC officer shot by the IRA in June 1985.

The court heard Mullan has allegedly since become involved in large-scale distribution of counterfeit and contraband tobacco.

Details of a cigarette seizure at his farm in 2003 were outlined in court, with Mullan telling police at the time he knew nothing about the haul.

The hearing continues.

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