Almost €50k has been seized by the courts from a mystery courier motorcyclist stopped by the PSNI in Newry.
Robert Kirk (unknown age) with a bail address of Regina Park, Jonesborough was questioned by the PSNI on August 21, 2020.
PSNI Constable Martin English told the Newry court that he approached the defendant, “who seemed to be waiting on somebody” on the Old Dublin Road at approximately 5.45pm.
Suspicion was drawn to the accused due to a check for no insurance on his vehicle.
The defendant first appeared startled by the PSNI, thinking that he was in the Republic of Ireland and that they were members of An Garda Siochana.
The magistrate was told that Kirk had a green coloured backpack on which he did not wish to remove.
A search was conducted with a large quantity of mixed euro notes discovered in the bag totalling €49,980.
Kirk was arrested for the driving offence and possession of criminal property.
During a police interview when questioned about the money, Kirk provided a no comment response as to who owned the cash, but admitted to owning the bag.
The money was then seized by the PSNI.
Constable English stated that there was virtually nothing known about the defendant, who had since left his bail address, with only an address for his mother in the Republic of Ireland known by the gardai.
Prosecution barrister, Stewart Hindley alluded to no explanation given by Kirk as to who owned the cash, where it came from or who it was intended for.
“This was a large amount of money, if someone legitimately acquired it, it would be expected that they would have come forward by now,” said Mr Hindley.
“The only impression that the court can draw is that this was criminal property to be transferred to others,” added the barrister.
Deputy district judge Anne Marshall took into account all of the circumstance and granted the forfeiture including any interest accrued.