Belfast Telegraph

'Slab' Murphy tax trial hears of man who rented land

By Daniel Hickey

A farmer told members of the Republic's Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) that a man named Thomas Murphy rented land from him and paid him in cash, the trial of a prominent republican for tax evasion has heard.

It is the prosecution's case that, although Thomas 'Slab' Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to land and cattle, he failed to make any tax returns.

Mr Murphy (66), of Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine tax offences from 1996/97 to 2004.

Yesterday, the Special Criminal Court in Dublin was told that Co Meath farmer Brian Garvey told the CAB in 2005 that, in 1996 or 1997, a man named Thomas Murphy began renting land from him. The rent was paid in cash and occasionally in third-party cheques from oil companies.

Thomas Murphy rented 246 acres off Mr Garvey for five or six years, Mr Garvey said in a statement. Mr Garvey told CAB that, from 1999 to 2002, Thomas Murphy paid IR£25,000 per year in cash.

The trial continues.

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