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Forensics expert matched fingerprint to torn piece of pizza box in alleged kidnapping case

Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their daughter in Drogheda between August 1 and 2, 2011. Pic Collins Courts.
Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their daughter in Drogheda between August 1 and 2, 2011. Pic Collins Courts.
Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their daughter in Drogheda between August 1 and 2, 2011. Pic Collins Courts.

Conor Gallagher

A forensics expert matched a man's fingerprint to a torn piece of pizza box which was found at the scene of an alleged tiger kidnapping, a court has heard.

The evidence was presented at the trial of another man, Jonathan Gill (35), who is accused of a kidnapping a Drogheda postal worker, his partner and their 10-week-old baby daughter before robbing over €600,000 from the man's workplace.

It is the state's case that Mr Gill was one of a group of five who together were involved in holding the family hostage in their own home before moving them to a shed about a 90-minute drive away.

Mr Gill of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Warren Nawn, Jean Marie Nawn and their ten-week-old baby in Drogheda between August 1 and August 2, 2011.

Today Garda Conor Kiely said he was given two sets of finger and palm-prints bearing the names Mark McCarthy and David Burke. The prints had been taken on November 15, 2011 at Dundalk Garda Station he said.

Gda Kiely said he compared these prints to a fingerprint found on a pizza box which had been discarded in the area of north county Dublin where the Nawn family had been held overnight.

Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their daughter in Drogheda between August 1 and 2, 2011. Pic Collins Courts.
Jonathan Gill (35) of Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, arrives at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded not guilty to falsely imprisoning a post office worker, his partner and their daughter in Drogheda between August 1 and 2, 2011. Pic Collins Courts.

The garda told Vincent Heneghan BL, prosecuting, that the fingerprint matched that of Mark McCarthy's. He agreed that no other forensic evidence was found on any of the items he was asked to examine.

The trial continues before Judge Elma Sheahan and a jury of seven men and five women.

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