Case against Murphy ‘ludicrous' says lawyer

ACCUSED: Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy arrives at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday PICTURE: Niall Carson/PA
THE case against Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy is based on “utterly ludicrous” documentation which attempts to link the prominent republican to a non-existent farming income, his defence barrister has said. The 66-year-old from Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, denies nine charges of tax evasion. During a third day of closing submissions, Dublin’s non-jury Special Criminal Court was told that “fair analysis” of the evidence should lead to the conclusion it was the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, who ran the operation and controlled the finan[...]

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