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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man abducted from his home by masked gang

Garda have appealed for witnesses after a 50-year-old man died following a road crash in Co Wicklow
Garda have appealed for witnesses after a 50-year-old man died following a road crash in Co Wicklow

GARDAI have issued a nationwide appeal after a man was abducted from his home by a masked gang.

The victim was held captive before being dumped by the roadside.

Gardai say the drama unfolded when a gang of four or five men wearing balaclavas entered a house in Duncarbery in Tullaghan, Co Leitrim, at 11.30pm on Wednesday, December 11.

The homeowner, a man in his late 30s, was assaulted, his hands and legs were bound with cable ties and he was bundled into the boot of a waiting car.

The vehicle is believed to have been a relatively new type Mercedes, possibly an E-Class model.

During the attack, witne-sses noticed a dark-coloured jeep with a closed-in trailer close to the scene.

A car belonging to the homeowner was also stolen, along with electrical items.

The car is grey-coloured, an Audi A4 1.9 TDI estate with a partial registration number 04 DL.

The car was recovered in Belleek, Co Fermanagh.

The victim was taken out of the car boot shortly after 1am and left near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

He was then able to contact gardai and an investigation was launched. He had sustained minor injuries.

Gardai have now extended their appeal for information. An incident room was established in Manorhamilton garda station and can be contacted 24 hours on 071 982 0620.

A garda spokesman said there was no report of any weapons used in the abduction. Gardai are working in cooperation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Local enquiries have been made and a checkpoint was set up near the scene.

Irish Independent

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