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Saturday 23 September 2017

'Ruthless gang' behind latest tiger kidnapping

Security chief's wife in 12-hour ordeal

Elaine Keogh and Grainne Cunningham

GARDAI believe an experienced and ruthless criminal gang from Dublin were behind the weekend tiger kidnapping of a woman.

Shirley Hoyne, whose husband Bill is a senior executive with Brinks Allied, the cash-in-transit company, had been left gagged and tied up in a shed at the rear of a derelict house on Howth Road in Dublin.

Bill Hoyne was forced to hand over €170,000 to the gang after they threatened to murder his wife.

Mrs Hoyne was released after fire-fighters, who were called to the scene by passers-by after her Mercedes car was set on fire by the gang, heard her banging on the shed.

It is understood there is a long driveway up to the house and it would have been difficult to have heard her banging from the road.

By the time she was found she had endured more than 12 traumatic hours.

The kidnappers, dressed in boiler suits and masks, burst into the couple's detached home in Monasterboice, Co Louth, at around 9pm on Friday and held them at gunpoint.

Then, before dawn, they bundled Mrs Hoyne into her silver Mercedes and drove to the Howth Road, where they left her bound and gagged. They made no arrangements for her to be released.

Murdered

Her husband was forced to go to the Brinks Allied depot in Clonshaugh, Dublin at 7.30am in his Toyota Landcruiser. He was told his wife would be murdered if he did not hand over a substantial sum of money.

The Brinks Allied managing director gave a relatively modest €170,000 to the gang. The money was left in his Landcruiser jeep at Thatch Road, Whitehall, in Dublin.

The jeep was found burnt out at around 11.30am in Ashbourne, Co Meath. Gardai believe the gang had been watching the Hoynes for some time, possibly weeks, as they carefully prepared the kidnapping and raid.

Each step of their plan had been worked out with precision, with elements such as the Howth hideaway carefully selected in advance, a source said.

An incident room has been set up in Drogheda garda station and a team of detectives, including members of the National Bureau of Criminal Activity is working with local gardai on the investigation.

They would like to hear from anyone who saw the cars involved in the raid, and asked people to contact them on 041-9874200 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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