Former model accused of 'concealing' 180,000 Euro in luggage at Belfast International Airport is further remanded in custody

Former model accused of 'concealing' 180,000 Euro in luggage at Belfast International Airport is further remanded in custody

A FORMER model has been further remanded in custody accused of concealing 180,550 Euro in hand luggage at Belfast International Airport whilst allegedly 'knowing or suspecting it to be criminal property'.

Mark Adams (42), of Castleheath, Malahide, Dublin, is charged in relation to May 9, 2018.

He is also charged with attempting to remove the cash from Northern Ireland on the same date.

The defendant is further accused of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement, 'namely the removal of criminal property from Northern Ireland, knowing or suspecting that this arrangement would facilitate the retention, use or control of such criminal property by persons unknown' between May 2013 and May, 2018.

The defendant appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, on Tuesday via video link from Maghaberry Prison.

A defence barrister said there were "a number of issues" about the case and it was "not straightforward".

He said the defendant "was surrendered to this jurisdiction on foot of a European Arrest Warrant".

The lawyer said the papers in the case are "voluminous" and sought to have certification for counsel in the case.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he had read 77 pages in around half an hour and the rest of the documents were exhibits about "different flights he has taken".

The judge added: "That is part of the Crown case about his alleged modus operandi."

The judge said the case papers said the defendant was caught at the airport with about 180,000 Euro in "concealed envelopes in a bag".

Judge Broderick said Adams did not seem to give much of an account "beyond that he is a model. Adult entertainer, I think is referred to".

The defence lawyer said the defendant was "in the modeling industry at the time".

The defence barrister said the Prosecution was seeking to introduce "by way of hearsay application, evidence which is from outside the jurisdiction".

Judge Broderick said that was "not unusual".

The judge said he was not minded to certify for counsel in the case.

The case has been adjourned to November 23 when a Preliminary Enquiry - the legal step to send the matter to the Crown Court - is due to take place.

Adams had appeared in 2010 on the RTÉ TV dating show One Night Stand.

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