A lorry driver from Co Monaghan has been given a 10-month suspended sentence for smuggling beer and wine into the UK.
Paul Martin Flanagan from Castleblayney was detected on four separate occasions – between May 2012 and April 2013 – attempting to evade excise duty and VAT on a total of almost 58,000 litres of alcohol.
The 35-year-old was due to be sentenced on July 8 but failed to appear and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Flanagan’s sentence was suspended for two years when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday. He was also ordered to carry out 120 hours work under supervision.
The duty evasion, detected at Dover and the West Midlands, amounted to more than £124,000.