Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Are Upgrading Anyway. the Kids Have Asked for a House with a Pool ; BUSINESSMAN'S RESPONSE AFTER COURT ORDERS HIS HOUSE TO BE SEIZED UNDER 'PROCEEDS OF CRIME LAW'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Are Upgrading Anyway. the Kids Have Asked for a House with a Pool ; BUSINESSMAN'S RESPONSE AFTER COURT ORDERS HIS HOUSE TO BE SEIZED UNDER 'PROCEEDS OF CRIME LAW'

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BUSINESSMAN Arran Coghlan is to lose his home within 90 days after a court ruled it was bought with the proceeds of crime.

The National Crime Agency has been granted a possession order against his Pounds 600,000 mansion in Alderley Edge.

But Mr Coghlan, 44, says the case against him is based on a 'pack of lies.' .' He claimed he has never spent a penny on the house and may even buy it back once it has been seized.

On granting the order, the Right Honourable Mr Hollington QC, at the High Court, told Mr Coghlan that he must hand over the property within 90 days.

In March 2012, following a civil recovery trial, a High Court judge ruled that Mr Coghlan's home had been purchased through the proceeds of crime, namely drug trafficking and money laundering over a significant period.

It was submitted that when Mr Coghlan purchased his home - Brook Lane Chapel, a former church - in 2000 through a third party, he had no legitimate means of income.

I am save the putting a for Pounds 1 mortgage Arran Mr Justice Simon ruled in a civil court, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, that Mr Coghlan had 'engaged in unlawful conduct as a drug dealer' and lived on the proceeds from 1999 and April 2004.

Mr Coghlan has appealed the decision through the courts over the past four years.

The businessman has no convictions for drug dealing, or violence, and was cleared of the murders of Chris Little, in 1996, and David Barnshaw, in 2002. He was also arrested over the death of Stephen Akinyemi in the violent struggle at his home in 2010 but charges were dropped. Mr Akinyemi died after being shot in the head during a violent struggle with Mr Coghlan, who suffered stab wounds.

Mr Coghlan launched a claim against the NCA and one of its investigating officers, insisting he had never dealt drugs and that the case against him was based on 'misrepresentations.' .

However, his complaints were struck out by a High Court official and later confirmed by a senior judge.

prepared to day by in myself above the value Coghlan An NCA spokesman said: "The NCA does not give up and go away. …

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