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And they say crime never pays! Irish news is awash at the time of publishing with the alleged head of an organised drugs gang leading the lavish lifestyle, spending nearly £500,000 of his ill-gotten gains on fine jewellery.
The court was told O'Connor and his wife have purchased in excess of £456,000 worth of high-value jewellery from a Belfast store since 2010. Following police searches at the accused's home police seized a £26,000 diamond ring and two Rolex watches worth £32,000.
Information from two travel companies also showed the extent of trips abroad by O'Connor and his associates, it was claimed. Asked how much money his client was prepared to lodge in court as a surety, the barrister confirmed a sum of £5,000 was available. But Mr Justice McCloskey responded: "That's not nearly enough." As he adjourned the application, he added: "The availability of a very substantial cash guarantee would be a significant matter in the applicant's favour."