BRITISH brokers allegedly lodged cash into the checking account of outstanding republican Colin Duffy’s daughter as a part of a sequence of undesirable approaches, the Excessive Court docket has heard.
Counsel for Aimee Duffy additionally claimed a cell phone SIM card and retail voucher had been inserted into an intercepted parcel she had despatched to her accomplice in jail.
She was even despatched money accompanied by Mates merchandising notepaper after posting on-line about being a fan of the hit tv sitcom, a decide was informed.
Particulars emerged because the mother-of-three sought an injunction to cease both police or MI5 from allegedly concentrating on her or accessing her private knowledge.
Ms Duffy’s authorized step kinds a part of a wider motion in opposition to the PSNI and Director Basic of the Safety Companies.
In addition to being the daughter of high-profile Lurgan republican Colin Duffy, she can also be in a relationship with a person on remand at Maghaberry Jail going through costs linked to an investigation into the New IRA.
The courtroom heard cash has repeatedly been lodged into her checking account from an unknown supply, regardless of Ms Duffy making it categorically clear she was not all for providing any help.
Her barrister, Seamus McIlroy, claimed approaches which started when she was closely pregnant continued as much as final month.
“Probably the most disturbing side of this was the interference with a parcel, and the insertion of each a voucher and a SIM card right into a parcel which was then forwarded on innocently into the jail property,” he mentioned.
“Our consumer was probably being uncovered to legal costs for making an attempt to smuggle materials right into a jail which she knew completely nothing about.”
The alleged actions went past any legally authorised makes an attempt to recruit a covert human intelligence supply, it was contended.
Challenged on the proof to assist his allegations, Mr McIlroy highlighted the id of his consumer’s father and her accomplice.
He additionally claimed money was despatched to her with a handwritten be aware after she posted on social media concerning the Mates reunion present.
“Somebody has clearly been observing and watching the plaintiff, the usage of the Mates notepaper after she had made feedback on Fb about how she loved watching Mates,” the barrister submitted.
“If you add these strands collectively… who would have the capabilities, the funds, and who would need to do any of this stuff?
“It factors very clearly at state brokers who’re making an attempt to influence a weak girl on this place.
“She has made it completely clear that she doesn’t need them to be close to her or to be giving her any funds.”
Counsel for the defendants, John Rafferty, questioned the necessity for pressing injunctions proceedings given the final alleged method occurred on June 21.
Requested if he might point out whether or not any of the alleged actions had been carried out on behalf of police or the safety companies, Mr Rafferty mentioned: “Each defendants take the place that they neither affirm nor deny the allegations.”
Ms Duffy’s software for an injunction was adjourned for the decide to check different related instances.
With no alleged incidents within the final three weeks, Mr Justice Scoffield remarked: “I might suspect that the bringing of those proceedings, if any of the approaches have been made by or on behalf of the defendants, could have some type of chilling impact.”
Following the listening to Ms Duffy’s authorized consultant, Glen Armstrong of Phoenix Legislation, mentioned: “We’re looking for the safety of the courtroom to place a cease to those undesirable approaches by the PSNI and British intelligence companies who’ve precipitated nice misery and nervousness to our consumer.”