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Garlic importer sees sentenced reduced to two years

Categories: Law, Taxation, Food & Wine
Tags: China,
Garlic importer sees sentenced reduced to two years

Garlic importer sees sentenced reduced to two years

Paul Begley, who was jailed for six years for failing to pay import duty on garlic, could be released in the coming months, after the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled that his sentence should be reduced to two years.

Last month, the appeal court set aside the sentence, ruling it excessive.

Today the court, which comprised three judges, said that Begley's offences had been notable and significant and were an infringement of criminal law. They ruled the appropriate sentence was two years factoring in the gravity of the offences and "very significant mitigating features".

Begley (47) from Rathcoole in Dublin has served almost a year of his sentence. Taking remission into account, he could be released in the coming months. He returned to prison following the ruling.

A spokesperson for Begley's family said they were very happy with the ruling.

Begley's tax evasion scheme was uncovered in 2007 after he was caught importing garlic from China, but saving large sums of money on import tax by having it labeled as apples.

The Court of Criminal Appeal previously ruled that the six-year sentence was not proportionate and that the trial judge had erred in principle by failing to take into account mitigating factors.

Begley was given the longest sentence ever handed down for this type of offence.

Categories: Law, Taxation, Food & Wine
Tags: China,