UK news Kelly's Cellars chief faces £1.1m crime cash charge last news
MetiNews.Com - A director of one of the oldest bars in Northern Ireland is to stand trial accused of laundering more than £1.1million in criminal proceeds.
Breaking News ! "A director of one of the oldest bars in Northern Ireland is to stand trial accused of laundering more than £1.1million in criminal proceeds. Kelly's Cellars director Elizabeth Mulholland and 36 others are accused of being involved in an alleged VAT fraud scheme related to the construction industry.The 55-year-old, known as Lily, is charged with converting criminal property to the value of £1,168,060 between June 2010 and March 2012.Following a brief hearing at Belfast Crown Court last week, the cases were adjourned until September 18 with nine of the defendants, including Mulholland, due to stand trial before the same court on November 9.They include the current or former directors of firms. Four of the accused are from Belfast - Francis Devlin (55) of Bristow Park; Paul McStravick (53) of Myrtlefield Park; Desmond Crean (54) of Drummond Park; and Joseph Michael McStravick (55) of Commedagh Drive.The others are Matthew Brennan (34) of Mathieson Terrace in Glasgow; Vincent O'Neill (51) of Weavers Meadow in Crumlin, Co Antrim; Kieran McGuinness (43) of Berkely Hall Square, Lisburn; and Dominic Devlin (57) of Glebe Gardens in Moira, Co Down.In September 2012 Mulholland, of the Cavehill Road in north Belfast, became a director of the famous Kelly's Cellars pub, which first opened its doors on Bank Street in Belfast in 1720.The bar, originally built as a bonded store for whiskey, is famous for being a meeting place of Henry Joy McCracken and other United Irishmen in the run-up to the 1798 rebellion.It's claimed McCracken hid behind the bar while on the run from soldiers following the failed uprising - though he would end up hanged nearby at Cornmarket.Vincent O'Neill is the director of a number of companies, including Von Plastering, registered at his address in Crumlin.
.Dominic Devlin was a director of a company called Party and Beauty Limited until he resigned in 2016.He was previously a director of MissGlamHair Ltd and CosyandSilk Limited, both of which were dissolved in 2016.Devlin is currently a director of an online and mail order firm called Your Lucky Gift Box Ltd, based in Northumberland.Joseph Michael McStravick is a director of JMS Construction (NI) Ltd, based on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.Desmond Crean was also a director of a building firm, having being appointed to the board of Divis Construction Limited in September 2011.It was registered to an address on Ashley Avenue, off the Lisburn Road in south Belfast, until it was dissolved in July 2015.Kieran McGuinness was a director of the same company but stood down in September 2011.Paul McStravick was director of two firms, where he gave his occupation as either a "chef", "clerk" or "retail assistant".They were Back Of Willows Limited, registered at an address on Coolnasilla Park in west Belfast, and EProperty NI limited, based on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. Both companies have been dissolved."
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