Belfast Telegraph

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.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph