By BERNIE O'TOOLE
Monday March 22 1999
A FORMER tax official whose wife was murdered in mysterious circumstances six years ago has confirmed he had meetings with gang boss Gerry Hutch. A FORMER tax official whose wife was murdered in mysterious circumstances six years ago has confirmed he had meetings with gang boss Gerry Hutch.
James Livingstone is reported to have met the leading Dublin criminal known as `The Monk' three times over the past two years.
But the former tax inspector has denied claims he ever acted as a tax adviser to Hutch, who is fighting a £2m tax bill from the Criminal Assets Bureau. He said the meetings were arranged after he learned that Hutch had ordered surveillance on him, and he wanted to gain information about the unsolved murder of his wife Grace in December 1992.
``I did not, and do not and will not act as a tax adviser to The Monk or any other person whose tax affairs I was acquainted with while I worked for the Revenue,'' he is reported to have said.
He found out about the surveillance from newspaper reports which revealed that video footage of him had been recovered in a raid on Hutch's home in Clontarf in 1997.
The video tape was recovered along with a copy of the Crimeline report into the investigation of the murder of Mrs Livingstone, who was found shot dead in the bedroom of her Malahide home.
Mr Livingstone is currently suing the State over the handling of the investigation into his wife's murder.
He was arrested by gardai during the inquiry but freed without charge.
- BERNIE O'TOOLE