Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Pathologist to provide £80k surety for accused

Belfast solicitor accused of involvement in money laundering and legal aid fraud must provide £150,000 worth of guarantees to secure bail, a High Court judge has ordered.

One of the conditions of Ho Ling Mo's release is that Northern Ireland State Pathologist Jack Crane signs for a surety worth £80,000.

Her brother and co-accused, Wu Pu Paul Mo, is in a long-term relationship with Professor Crane (right).

Ho Ling Mo (40), of Oakwood Park, Belfast, faces charges including acquiring and transferring criminal property, false accounting and fraud.

She denies the allegations and claims to have acted under duress. Her assets have been restrained as part of the police investigation into the case.

It was confirmed in court that her legal practice in south Belfast has been closed down.

Amid prosecution concerns that she may quit Northern Ireland, Mr Justice Weatherup had included a £100,000 cash surety as a condition of bail.

Her lawyers returned to court yesterday seeking varied terms in order to secure her release from custody. Defence barrister Tom McCreanor said Prof Crane was prepared to sign a surety secured against property valued at £80,000.

It was previously disclosed in court that the pathologist is the partner of Wu Pu Paul Mo.

Paul Mo (41), of Strathyre Park, Belfast, is also charged with fraud-related offences in connection with the same investigation.

There is no suggestion whatsoever that Prof Crane is in any way connected to any alleged criminality.

Mr Justice Weatherup agreed to the variation on a number of conditions.

The judge ordered that £20,000 in cash, to be provided by another brother of Mo, be lodged in court.

Mr Justice Weatherup made clear that bail was also dependent on the signing of the £80,000 surety by Prof Crane and on a £50,000 property undertaking by the accused's parents.

Ho Ling Mo was banned from leaving Northern Ireland or opening any financial accounts, and told to report to police twice a day.

Mr Justice Weatherup also imposed a night-time curfew, but agreed to let her work at her sister's takeaway business.

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