'Article insinuated I was living off crime when I was victim'
Published 01/07/2016 | 02:30
A Bank of Ireland employee was warned by an armed gang there would be "blood on your hands" if he did not cooperate during a €7.6m 'Tiger raid', the High Court has been told.
Shane Travers became distressed telling a jury he feared for his life and family, after a gang took them captive on the night of February 26-27, 2009.
He was "devastated and disgusted" when he read a newspaper article which, he said, insinuated he had something to do with a crime "of which I was a victim".
He was giving evidence in his action alleging defamation in the January 31, 2010 Sunday World article. The Sunday World denies defamation.
Mr Travers (31) of Portmarnock, Co Dublin, said he had "absolutely nothing" to do with the gang or any criminals and was never charged.
The only time he was arrested arising from the heist was on January 28, 2010 under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. He was offered a solicitor but did not seek one because he had "nothing to hide". He was released without charge after 48 hours on January 30.
Asked about photos of him beside a Ferrari and Bentley in Spain which accompanied the Sunday World article, he said those seemed to have come from his girlfriend's Facebook page and were taken on holiday.
He felt the article was trying to link him to criminals on the Costa Del Sol and "insinuating I'm living off the proceeds of a crime I was a victim of".
The case continues before Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh.