Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Court told of Quinn computer's blank drive

'A member of the Quinn family handed over a laptop for analysis which had a blank hard drive'

A member of the Quinn family handed over a laptop for analysis which had a blank hard drive, a Dublin court has heard.

One of the joint receivers appointed over the assets of family members of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn wants to know why the laptop provided by Stephen Kelly was in this state.

Mr Kelly is the husband of Mr Quinn's daughter, Aoife.

Receiver Declan Taite said an analysis of the laptop had concluded that a secure wiping tool was used to delete and overwrite all previous data on the hard drive.

But in his affidavit, Mr Kelly said he bought the laptop secondhand and it had not worked despite attempts by him to make it operational and to clean it.

Save for attempts to make the laptop work, neither he nor any other person used it, he said.

Andrew Fitzpatrick BL, for Mr Taite, told Mr Justice Peter Kelly in the Commercial Court that his side needed time to consider Mr Kelly's explanation.

Mr Justice Kelly yesterday adjourned for a week Mr Taite's application for various orders relating to the case.

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