Man jailed for failing to declare euros and dollars

A 29-year-old carpenter has been jailed for six months to failing to declare 62,000 euros and almost $3,000 in cash to customs and excise.

The money was found in an apartment at Dunhugh Manor in Newbuildings where Aymen Shebani was staying two years ago.

Londonderry Crown Court heard Shebani claimed he had earned the money from buying and selling cars.

The court also heard he had failed to make tax returns since 2004.

During the search on 15 November 2009, the police found the euros in a black case and the dollars in a bedroom wardrobe.

After his arrest Shebani breached his bail conditions, but in June of last year he was stopped driving a car by police near Newry.

Shebani gave a false name to police and was then arrested on suspicion of breaching court bail.

The court heard the estimated national insurance and tax evasion revenue amounted to just under £17,000.

Judge Piers Grant said that Shebani had an extensive criminal record with 11 previous convictions in Northern Ireland and 27 previous convictions in the Republic of Ireland.

He said that the court had to impose a custodial sentence because of the serious nature of the offence.

Shebani is expected to be released from jail within the next 48 hours because he has already served five months in custody.

A forfeiture order for the cash will be made in the city's magistrates court later this week.