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US man further remanded in passport application case

An American pensioner who was previously charged with allegedly applying for passports in the names of two dead babies is expected to face additional charges, Cork District Court has heard.

In November of last year (2023) the court heard that the man, previously known as Philip Morris, had been positively identified as Randolph Kirk Parker, 72, who has an FBI record.

Det Garda Padraig Hanley, of the Garda National Bureau of Crime Investigation, said that they had been able to identify the accused with the assistance of the FBI and the US Embassy.

He stated that that the man in custody had a date of birth of in 1951 and was a US national.

Today at Cork District Court, Dt Garda Hanley told Judge Mary Dorgan that the investigation file on the case was sent to the DPP last month.

“The file is with the DPP and has been for two weeks. It was a complicated enough file. We are seeking a four-week adjournment. There is a strong likelihood of further charges.”

Frank Buttimer, solicitor for Mr Parker said that his client, who appeared by video link, consented to the four-week remand in custody.

Mr Buttimer asked that Mr Parker be produced in person when he next appears in court.

Sgt John Kelleher said there was no objection from the prosecution in relation to this application.

Judge Dorgan adjourned the case until 29 January. Mr Parker was remanded in custody.

The court previously heard that Interpol had been liaising with their 195 member countries in a bid to help gardaí identify the man.

At a hearing last November, Garda Hanley said that they established that the man in custody had an FBI arrest record from 1970 and was a US national named Randolph Kirk Parker.

Mr Parker is charged with providing false information to obtain passports in the names of two infants born in the 1950’s who died within months of their birth.

Det Garda Hanley previously said that when questioned the man stated said he was living in Ireland and needed a passport to leave the country. However, he refused to assist officers in any way. He also refused to tell them his true identity.

Det Garda Hanley also previously told the court that a number of addresses in Ireland may or may not be linked with the man.

Mr Parker was arrested on 15 September, 2023 at the passport office in South Mall in Cork.

He was charged in the name of Philip Frank Morris of no fixed address, with a date of birth in the 1950’s.

He was charged with two offences relating to allegedly providing false or misleading information in order to obtain a passport.

Det Garda Hanley previously told the court that the man allegedly used the name of a baby, Philip Frank Morris, who was born in December 1952 but subsequently died to apply for a passport in Cork.

Det Garda Hanley said that when questioned the man said he was residing in Ireland and needed the passport to leave the country.

He said the man held an Irish passport for three decades but only recently obtained a PPS number.

He told Judge Olann Kelleher that they had spoken to the brother of the late Philip Morris who died at the age of four months in 1953.

The man was subsequently charged with an additional offence. Det Garda Hanley said that the man made no reply when he was charged with providing information or documents on September 11th last at the passport office in South Mall which were false or misleading.

The court heard that the man allegedly had a passport in the name of Geoffrey Warbrook.

However, Det Garda Hanley said gardaí had spoken to relatives of Mr Warbrook who confirmed that he died as a young baby in the early 1950’s.

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