Gardai claim generator SIXTEEN years after seizing it

April 26, 2021

A man who had a generator seized during a Garda raid on his home more than SIXTEEN years ago has applied to get it back.

Gardai seized the generator belonging to Martin McDonagh in 2005.

Ownership of the generator was raised at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court under the police property act.

Solicitor for Mr McDonagh, Frank Dorrian said Gardai have had his client’s property for the past sixteen years and that nobody has done anything about it.

He said he was delighted to see that Gardai had acted so quickly in the matter!

He said his client did not have to prove ownership as the generator was taken from his property sixteen years ago and nobody else has come forward to claim it.

Mr Dorrian said he personally had a lawnmower at his home, did not have a receipt for when he bought it but the lawnmower was his.

The generator, which was almost knew when seized, has been in storage since.

Garda Sgt Jim Collins said that other items were taken during the visit to Mr McDonagha’s home and they had been returned to him.

However, he said Gardai would be applying to have this property forfeited to the state as there was no proof of ownership.

Judge Paul Kelly said the only way to resolve the issue would be to have a hearing and he set a June date for such.

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