McGeever trial delayed pending psychiatric report

Wednesday 30 April 2014 21.56
Kevin McGeever is charged with wasting garda time
Kevin McGeever is charged with wasting garda time

The trial of former property developer Kevin McGeever, who is charged with wasting garda time in relation to a six-month-long investigation into his alleged kidnapping last year, has been put back.

It had been set for next month, but the case has now been adjourned to July, when a new trial date will be set.

Mr McGeever, 69, with a former address in Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, and more recently in Clontarf, Co Dublin, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in March when the date for his trial was set for 13 May.

However, at Galway Circuit Criminal Court today prosecutor Conor Fahy applied to the court to have the May trial date vacated.

Mr Fahy said he had been contacted by Mr McGeever's legal team who were obtaining an expert medical report on their client and will be applying to the court in due course to cite that medical evidence in the case.

The legal team, he said, had not received the report yet but they had been told by the psychiatrist involved of the nature of the report.

Mr Fahy said a copy of the report would have to be furnished to the prosecution prior to trial and the State would need time to have Mr McGeever independently assessed too.

As a result of this development, he said the trial could not now go ahead on 13 May, because the psychiatrist's report would not be ready before then.

He then applied to have the case adjourned to July, when a new trial date will be set.

Mr McGeever is charged with knowingly making false reports and statements to gardaí, contrary to Section 12(b) of the Criminal Law Act 1976, on various dates between 29 January and 28 February last year, which tended to show that he had information relating to allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats to harm.

He is further charged with wasting garda time by knowingly making false reports and statements, during the same period contrary to Section 12(a) of the same Act.

The court was told in March that the State would be calling 38 witnesses and the trial would take a considerable amount of time.

Judge Thomas O'Donnell agreed to vacate the 13 May trial date and adjourn the matter to 8 July when a new trial date will be set.

Mr McGeever, who had been reported missing in May 2012, was found wandering in a confused and dishevelled state on a secluded road in Co Leitrim in January 2013.