#Limerick Directors’ criminality leaves murder victims’ family penniless

first_img Previous articleLimerick Jazz vibes and vocalists at Improvisation PartyNext article#Limerick man on domestic abuse charges refused bail Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img The #Limerick company directors were appealing the severity of a prison sentence before Limerick Circuit CourtTHE family of a #Limerick murder victim have lost out on a pension payout because of the “criminality” of two scaffolding company directors who withheld contributions deducted from the wages of their staff.Gerry Neilon of Newtown, Pallasgreen and Raymond Neilon of Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, avoided prison sentences for what a judge described as their “criminality in deducting workers pay” and not passing it on to the Pensions Board.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Judge Tom O’Donnell made his remarks at Limerick Circuit Court where the two company directors appealed the six month sentences imposed for failing to make remittances to the Pensions Board within 21 days of deducting the pay from their staff.Their criminal actions came to light when Patrick ‘Happy’ Coleman (33) was murdered by a 15-year-old boy as he walked to his home in Carew Park after watching the Limerick play in the 2007 All Ireland hurling final.  He had kicked over a bottle of beer on the path before the teenager followed him and stuck the broken bottle into his neck. He died from blood loss some hours later.Mr Coleman, who worked for the Neilon brothers, was supporting four children.In 2007, the company accountant stopped sending the €20 per week deduction from employee wages to the Pensions Board. Mr Coleman had been paying into the scheme but as his payments hadn’t been forwarded for six months before his death, the insurers refused to pay the €76,100 his family would have been entitled to.The Neilon brothers, whose company has since wound up, were sentenced to six month imprisonment in 2012 and 2013. They immediately appealed the sentences and Judge O’Donnell agreed to several lengthy adjournments to allow them  an opportunity to repay Mr Coleman’s family.They agreed to monthly payments of €250, which meant that Mr Coleman’s family would be waiting for more than 12 years to have his death benefit paid in full.  To date, just over €6,800 was paid, €2,000 of which was lodged in court this week.Judge O’Donnell said it was “grossly unfair” and the money paid to date was “far from unsatisfactory”.Defence counsel Lawerence Goucher, BL said that Gerry Neilon found it difficult to get work, but was doing his best and “certainly not trying to dodge what should be paid”, while Sinead Garry BL told the court that Raymond Neilon could not work because of a medical condition and was claiming social welfare benefits to support a family of four.Judge O’Donnell was told that Mr Coleman’s family did not wish for either of the Neilon brothers to be jailed.A High Court action against the former company’s accountant seeking the recovery of funds is at an advanced stage.Judge O’Donnell said he had to commend the laudable position Mr Coleman’s family had taken.Suspending the prison sentences for two years, Judge O’Donnell bound the former directors to the peace and ordered them pay an additional €3,150 to Mr Coleman’s family within the next 12 months. Twitter Print TAGScompany directorslimerickPatrick ‘Happy’ Coleman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live News#Limerick Directors’ criminality leaves murder victims’ family pennilessBy Staff Reporter – April 18, 2016 922 last_img

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