Pictured: The ex-drug addict whose passport was used by Daniel Kinahan to travel around the world
EXCLUSIVE: The Irish Mirror approached Seamus Walsh to ask if he wanted to tell his side of the story. Mr Walsh greeted our reporter but told us: “I’ve nothing to say.”
This is the carer and ex drug addict whose passport was used by international drug baron Daniel Kinahan to jet around the world on his way back home from a quick trip to the grocery shop.
Seamus Walsh emerged from his house at Mountain View Crescent in Dundalk, Co Louth just after 12.20pm and headed to a nearby Londis store.
The 43-year-old is facing a possible jail sentence next month after he admitted he applied and sold his passport for €2000 in 2011 before Kinahan got his hands on it.
After emerging from the shop yesterday, we approached Mr Walsh to ask if he wanted to tell his side of the story.
Mr Walsh greeted our reporter but told us: “I’ve nothing to say.”
The Dundalk native – wearing a black sleeveless jacket, a brown jumper and jeans – then walked back into his home.
But Walsh – who is the sole carer for his elderly mother – may not get to return to his house from Dundalk Circuit Court on April 25 when he will be sentenced for the crime.
At his sentencing hearing last month, Judge Dara Hayes warned that a custodial sentence was a real possibility for Walsh’s crime.
The Irish Mirror last month told how Kinahan travelled to Dubai using Walsh’s passport in early September 2015.
It was just weeks before his mob hired hitman James Quinn to kill Gary Hutch, Gerry “The Monk” Hutch’s nephew on the Costa Del Sol.
Thug Kinahan had also used it in mid-November 2015 when he travelled to the UAE once more as he fled a botched hit attempt on him and other senior gang members.
Kinahan, along with “Fat” Freddie Thompson and Liam Roe among others, were at the Red Cow Inn in November 2015 when a hitman attempted to shoot them but the firearm jammed.
The false travel document was also used by Kinahan – who has a €5million bounty on his head from US authorities – to travel to other European countries.
Six years after Walsh sold his passport, it was revoked by authorities and flagged with gardai as detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation launched a probe.
Walsh later pleaded guilty to selling his passport contrary to the Passports Act 2008.
But his sentencing hearing heard how Walsh was “off his head on drugs” and “in the throes of heroin addiction” when he sold the document.
In evidence, Det Garda Feidhlim McKenna said investigations established that the passport was dispatched to Walsh in 2011.
However the supporting documentation used to apply for it – an electricity bill, a drivers’ licence and a bank statement – were all found to be bogus.
The picture used did not match that of Walsh’s public services card.
Det Gda McKenna said of the picture on the passport: “This photo belongs to Daniel Joseph Kinahan, a senior figure in organised crime.”
In garda interviews in 2018, Walsh eventually made full admissions to the officers.
He confirmed that the drivers’ licence used for the passport application was his name and date of birth.
However he told gardai that it was not his picture or signature. He could not explain how an incorrect photo was used.
The court heard that Walsh “made the case” that he sold his passport to a “traveller” in 2011, who had offered €2000.
Walsh said in his interviews that he “was off his head on drugs” at the time.
He was a heroin addict and it had escalated following his father’s death in 2010.
He also claimed: “That traveller was in and out of the house every day selling drugs. I was in the house every day.”
Det Gda McKenna confirmed to defence Barrister Ronan O’Carroll that Walsh has no associations with organised crime or Daniel Kinahan.
Mr O’Carroll said his client made full admissions and was “in the throes of a heroin addiction” at the time of the offence.
Det Gda McKenna confirmed that it was common in such cases that vulnerable people with addictions issues were approached for passports.
The court heard how Mr Walsh worked on building sites in the UK for a time and it was there where he was introduced to heroin.
And Mr O’Carroll claimed that it was his addiction that was the “underlying cause” of the offence, adding: “He was a gentleman who was taken advantage of.”
The barrister also said his client has been sober since 2016 and leads an “uneventful” life, caring for his 75-year-old mother who has “serious” health complications.
At his sentencing next month, Walsh must present three urinalysis tests to confirm he is off drugs.
An up to date report on his mother’s medical condition must also be handed in to Judge Hayes.