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'Slab' Murphy sentence deferred
12 Feb 2016 16:04
Prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy will be sentenced for tax evasion in two weeks after judges at the Special Criminal Court adjourned proceedings until 26 February.
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Murphy, 66, a bachelor farmer with an address at Ballybinaby, Co Louth, was found guilty in December on nine counts of failing to file tax returns between 1996 and 2004.
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The non-jury Special Criminal Court adjourned sentencing until Friday week to consider examples of similar tax evasion cases and remanded Murphy on continuing bail.
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The court had heard the Criminal Assets Bureau has issued tax assessments to Murphy for €5,344,027.
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The three judges heard evidence in relation to ten previous cases involving similar offences, where people convicted were fined and/or given suspended and custodial sentences.
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In each case where a person had pleaded not guilty they were sent to prison, the court heard.
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