A convicted drug dealer and gunrunner for the Kinahan organised crime group laundered almost €500,000 through five bank accounts over five years, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

48-year-old Jonathan Harding, of Kerdiff Avenue, Naas, Co Kildare, used two of his own bank accounts and three accounts belonging to his partner and the mother of his child.

Carol Davis, who is 45 and from Clonmacnoise Road, Crumlin in Dublin, also pleaded guilty to money laundering offences although the court heard she did not know what Harding had been doing.

Both are to be sentenced next month.

Harding is serving 10 years in prison for possession of nine revolvers, four pistols, a submachine gun, an assault rifle and various ammunition magazines at the Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole in Dublin.

The discovery of the Kinahans' weapons dump led gardaí to search Harding's home in Naas where they discovered financial documentation that revealed some of the gang's money laundering operation.

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In the five years between 2012 and 2016 over €470,000 was lodged to Harding and his partner Carol Davis' five accounts, while over €422,000 was withdrawn.

€40,000 of the money was spent on a mobile home. €52,000 was spent on airline tickets, 100 flights in three years.

Davis told gardaí that she believed Harding when he told her he worked as a mobile mechanic and thought the money moved through her three accounts was from his business.

"I didn't know anything was criminal. I just thought Jonathan was working away," she said.

The mother-of-two's current situation was defence counsel Ronan Kennedy said: "An unfortunate consequence of someone else's criminal activity."

Harding and Davis were together since 2010 and have a daughter together.

The father-of-five accepted responsibility for using Davis' accounts and took responsibility for the money laundering, the court heard, and almost €200,000 that moved through Davis' accounts was in cash.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said that people need to be very careful what access they allow other people to their accounts.