Sentencing date set for Barnsley man who tried to smuggle criminal money

31-year-old man’s bail request denied

A Barnsley man will be sentenced later this month after he admitted trying to smuggle nearly £50,000 in criminal cash off the Isle of Man.

Sam Kenneth Leigh, from Worsbrough, made his first appearance at General Gaol Delivery Court today, where he was told he would be sentenced on October 31.

The 31-year-old was arrested at Douglas Marine Terminal at 7 p.m. on September 25 as part of Operation Strongbox.

Leigh told police he was visiting friends on the island but checks revealed the people did not exist – officers searched his vehicle and found £47,970 hidden under the passenger seat back.

They also found another secret “cache” which was empty.

A bail application was disputed by the prosecutor who argued that Leigh had tried to mislead the police by saying, “Frankly, the only reason he was here was to collect criminal property.”

He said the vehicle Leigh traveled in was ‘sophisticated’, adding: ‘He lost someone, possibly higher up the chain, a substantial amount of money.

Leigh’s solicitor argued that the business manager was, ordinarily, a man of good character concluding: ‘It is unclear to me why this offense was committed.’

Deemster Graeme Cook was refused bail and Leigh was remanded to Isle of Man Jail until his sentencing hearing.

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