Lisnaskea man had illegal spirits still


A sixty-three-year-old Lisnaskea man has pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to the illegal distilling of alcohol.
Appearing at Dungannon Crown Court was Patrick Anthony McCaffrey of Lisnaskea Road, who accepted two out of five charges relating to a detection on 24 June 2016.
Standing in the dock McCaffrey pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of duty chargeable on alcoholic spirits as well as having equipment, namely a copper tank, pipework and a generator as ‘a still’ for use in the course of fraud.
The three remaining charges, which alleged possession of empty alcohol bottles, 51 kilogrammes of yeast and 444 kilogrammes of sugar – all for use in connection with fraud – were left on the court books. A lawyer appearing for the prosecution confirmed the guilty pleas were acceptable, and the remaining matters would not be proceeded with.
His Honour Judge Stephen Fowler QC ordered pre-sentence reports, and remanded McCaffrey on continuing bail to return to court next month.

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