Northern Ireland

Man accused of laundering Securicor cash in court

A man is to stand trial accused of being involved in attempts to launder money stolen during cash-in-transit robberies, a judge has ruled.

Francis McColgan, 36, whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison, is accused of converting criminal property and possession of a shotgun cartridge.

A female co-accused will also be tried on charges connected to travellers cheques seized from a travel agent.

Ciara Torney, 22, of Devonshire Place, was given bail.

Francis McColgan is alleged to have received more than £5,000 in stained or washed bank notes in November 2008 and May 2009.

Defence solicitor Stephen Toal told the court: "The allegation is this is the passing off of washed notes from different Securicor robberies."

A further charge relates to American Express travellers cheques valued at more than 1,100 euros which were allegedly received in June 2009.

Torney, of Devonshire Place, Belfast, is accused of that offence along with possessing the ammunition and converting criminal property.

Francis McColgan was remanded back into custody.