Monday 27 January 2020

'Complex' Lunney case involves 'over 400 statements'

Progress in case: Four men have been charged with assault causing harm and false imprisonment of Kevin Lunney in Co Cavan in September last year. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Progress in case: Four men have been charged with assault causing harm and false imprisonment of Kevin Lunney in Co Cavan in September last year. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

John Fallon

The investigation into the abduction and false imprisonment of Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney is "a complex case" involving over 400 statements, a court has been told.

Sergeant Paddy McGirl said that the investigation is still in its infancy.

He told Judge James Faughnan at Harristown District Court in Co Roscommon that it was not possible to give a timeline on when a book of evidence would be ready.

"It will be a lengthy investigation. There are over 400 statements, 1,000 jobs in the job book, CCTV footage from five counties and DNA and forensic evidence awaiting analysis.

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"It is a complex case being investigated in two jurisdictions. There has been considerable progress in the investigation but it is still in its infancy. It is a lengthy investigation," said Sgt McGirl.

Three of the four men charged with assault causing harm and false imprisonment of Mr Lunney in Co Cavan in September last year appeared before the court yesterday.

Darren Redmond (25), from Caledon Road, East Wall, Dublin, and Alan O'Brien (38), of Shelmalier Road, East Wall, were remanded to appear again before Harristown District Court on January 17.

Another defendant, Luke O'Reilly (66) from Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan, was previously remanded to appear before Harristown District Court next Friday.

A fourth defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made an application for bail yesterday.

Judge Faughnan refused the application after hearing submissions from the defendant's legal representative and also from An Garda Síochána.

Irish Independent

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