Man jailed for helping to hide body

A man who admitted helping to move and hide a body has been jailed for five years at the Central Criminal Court.

A man who admitted helping to move and hide a body has been jailed for five years at the Central Criminal Court.

Joachim Pohl (29) pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, assisting in the removal and concealment of the body of Thomas Thompson, removing and disposing of personal effects and cleaning up his dwelling at Portlaoise in April 2007 and after.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said the assistance tendered by Pohl was at the highest level. He took into account his plea of guilty, co-operation with gardaí and disclosure of the body, which otherwise would not have been found.

Pohl, Linton Place, Kilkenny, from Germany, was sentenced to 7½ years with the final 2½ suspended. Mr Thomson (59), from Yorkshire, worked on building sites throughout Ireland, travelled home fortnightly and sent money back to his family.

Det Garda Pat Scully told Alex Owens SC, prosecuting, that Pohl had his own building company and his employee owed money to Mr Thompson.

Mr Thompson told people they should not hire this man and Pohl was having difficulty in getting work as a result, the court heard.