Trial date to be set for developer accused of wasting Garda time

A date for the trial of former Craughwell developer Kevin McGeever charged with wasting Garda time and making a false complaint by faking his own kidnapping is to be set tomorrow.

McGeever (69 ) with a former address at Ballywinna, Craughwell, Co Galway, but more recently in Clontarf, Dublin 3, is charged with two charges under Section 12(a ) and 12(b ) of the 1976 Criminal Law Act. He is accused of knowingly giving false reports and statements that an offence had been committed between January 29 and February 28, 2013, tending to show that he had information on allegations of false imprisonment, assault, and threats of harm. He is also charged with wasting Garda time between the same dates. The offences relate to a period of eight months from May 27, 2012, and January 29, 2013, when McGeever claimed he had been abducted.

The Mayo man appeared briefly before Galway Circuit Criminal Court on Tuesday. The court was told the matter was not ready to proceed as some issues had arisen in relation to dates of depositions, and it was agreed to adjourn until tomorrow’s [Friday’s] court call-over list. It is understood that when the trial does proceed it will take up to three weeks to complete.

McGeever had been reported missing in May 2012 and was found wandering in a dishevelled state by a passer-by on a road near Corlough in Co Leitrim the following January. He was treated at Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, for dehydration and malnutrition.

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