The Director of Public Prosecutions v Barry Leech


18 February 2020


Trim Circuit Court


Her Honour Judge Martina Baxter


Mr Barry Leech, with an address at The Valleys, Spring Park, Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath, pleaded guilty to the following offences under Section 1078 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997.

  • Failing to Furnish VAT Returns contrary to Section 1078 (2)(g)(i) of the TCA Act, 1997 for the VAT period July-August 2010. (1 Count)
  • Failing to Remit VAT Contrary to Section 1078 (2)(i) of the TCA Act 1997 as amended, in the amount of €13,860, for the period May-June 2011. (1 Count)


On 18 February 2020, at Trim Circuit Court, Judge Baxter imposed an 18 month custodial sentence, to be suspended in full for 18 months on condition that Mr Leech keep the peace and attend probationary services for a period of 12 months. This sentence was imposed in respect of each of the counts that Mr Leech pleaded guilty to, each sentence to run concurrently.