Friday 21 October 2016

Gardaí investigating if missing man was abducted

Published 15/08/2016 | 17:11

Philip Finnegan. Picture: Garda Press Office
Philip Finnegan. Picture: Garda Press Office

Gardaí fear that a missing man may have been abducted by a criminal gang.

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Philip Finnegan (24) was last seen at his home in Mary Aikenhead House, Dublin 8 last Wednesday.

Gardaí are now investigating if Finnegan was involved in a dispute with organised criminals in the capital over money.

It is alleged that Mr Finnegan was attacked in Dublin shortly before he vanished.

Mr Finnegan previously escaped a murder attempt in 2013 when shots were fired at him and another man.

Last year he was cleared of firearms possession at the Circuit Criminal Court.

During a search of his home gardaí located the gun in a box, which also contained toys and video games, located in a bedroom Mr Finnegan shared with his three younger brothers.

In garda interviews Finnegan said the firearm belonged to his brothers but later told officers to charge him and not his brothers.

He later pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of the gun and charges were dropped on the orders of Judge Mary Ellen Ring.

Mr Finnegan is described as approximately 5ft 4” in height, dark brown hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing a light grey "Fila” top with a ful length zip to the front, dark grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms with three white stripes down the legs and royal blue Adidas runners.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kilmainham Garda Station 01-666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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