Friday 23 March 2018

Football top with DNA of alleged suspect found in victim's car in tiger kidnapping case

Jonathan Gill (Pic Collins Courts)
Jonathan Gill (Pic Collins Courts)

Conor Gallagher

A football top bearing the DNA of the alleged associate of a man accused of tiger kidnapping was found in the victims' car, a jury has been told.

Jonathan Gill (35) 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 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.

The prosecution has presented evidence that Mr Gill is an associate of Anton Singleton and that Mr Singleton's DNA was found on an Arsenal sports jacket connected to the kidnapping.

Today Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, called evidence that gardaí retrieved a number of items from the family's Ford Focus, the car used in the kidnapping. These included cable ties, duct tape and the Arsenal top.

The jury has previously been told that DNA matching Mr Singleton was found on the top.

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

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