Charges brought against Mullaghbawn trio

September 18, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Detectives from E District’s Tactical Crime Unit have charged three men with concealing criminal property, handling stolen goods and possessing criminal property, following an early morning raid on a property in Back Road, Mullaghbawn last Friday.

The trio, aged 43, 47 and 54 years old were arrested at the scene, after police discovered hundreds of empty stolen beer kegs at the property.

It is believed the stolen kegs were part of an illegal scam which involves breaking down and melting the kegs before profiting from selling the metal on as scrap.  The lucrative racket costs drinks companies thousands of pounds in replacing stolen kegs.

SDLP Councillor, Geraldine Donnelly spoke to The Examiner about the find.

Blasting those responsible, she said she was somewhat in disbelief about the nature of such organised criminal activity and incredulous that drinks companies would be targeted in order for criminal gangs to profit illegally.

“As with most crime,” the councillor said, “the cost goes back to the ordinary taxpayer.  I’m sure the cost incurred by companies to replace stolen kegs goes back on to the ordinary person out enjoying a drink. The rest of us have to work for a living – something these criminal gangs obviously have no regard for.”

The three men are due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on Monday 10th October.  As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.