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New charges against man in Cork passport case

Three new charges have been brought against a 72-year-old American who is already facing charges of allegedly applying for passports in the names of babies who died in the 1950s.

Randolph Kirk Parker, who is currently on remand in Cork Prison since his arrest last September, appeared in person before Cork District Court this morning charged with the additional offences in relation to passport fraud.

Det Padraic Hanley of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told Judge Mary Dorgan that when arrested, charged and cautioned, Mr Parker had nothing to say to the charges.

He was charged with being in possession of a driving license under a false name on 14 September at the Passport Office on the South Mall, in Cork.

He was also charged with providing information or documents which were false or misleading in connection with a passport application in 2013.

He was also charged with giving a false name at the Bridewell Garda Station after being arrested.

These are in addition to three other passport-related charges of providing false information in relation to passport applications in the names of two deceased babies, Philip Morris and Geoffrey Warbrook, who died in the 1950s.

In November, the court was told that the man had been identified through enquiries with the US embassy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as Randolph Parker with a date of birth of 7 March 1951.

Det Garda Hanley said the Director of Public Prosecution had directed trial by indictment on all charges except the last count of giving gardaí a false name at Bridewell station in Cork.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor for Mr Parker, asked for a precis of the prosecution evidence so that the accused could consider whether he would be entering signed please of guilty or if a book of evidence would be required.

Judge Mary Dorgan adjourned the case until 1 February, when the accused will appear by video link from prison on that date.

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