Sentencing of Burke deferred until New Year

Tuesday 14 December 2004 22.46
Ray Burke - Sentencing deferred
Ray Burke - Sentencing deferred

The sentencing of former Fianna Fáil minister Ray Burke for tax offences has been reserved by Judge Desmond Hogan until after Christmas.

Last July, 60-year-old Burke admitted knowingly or wilfully furnishing incorrect information during the Government's tax amnesty in 1993 by failing to declare income of over £151,000.

He also pleaded guilty to knowingly or wilfully furnishing incorrect information to the Inspector of Taxes on or after 15 December 2003 by failing to declare income of just over £24,000.

The former Minister for Justice and Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is currently on bail, could face a jail term of up to five years, a fine of up to €127,000, or both.

Burke was originally facing three counts but when he pleaded guilty in July one charge was dropped.

The criminal prosecution of the former minister arose out of a Criminal Assets Bureau investigation into breaches of tax amnesty legislation.