Sunday 16 June 2019

'Inside man' found guilty over role in €2m tiger kidnapping

Niall Byrne Picture: Collins Courts
Niall Byrne Picture: Collins Courts

Declan Brennan

A jury has convicted a Dublin man of being the "inside man" in a €2.08m cash-in-transit van robbery carried out 13 years ago.

Niall Byrne (36), of Crumlin Road Flats, Dublin, and three other men denied being part of the armed gang that kidnapped the Richardson family from their Dublin home on March 13, 2005.

The gang forced Securicor van driver Paul Richardson to go to work the next day while his wife Marie and their two teenage sons were held at gunpoint in the Dublin mountains until he had delivered the cash to a car park in west Dublin.

The jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday convicted Byrne of conspiracy to robbery. The jury foreman told Judge Melanie Greally they were unable to agree a verdict on the kidnapping charges and Judge Greally recorded a disagreement.

Niall Byrne, Mark Farrelly (47), of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock; Christopher Corcoran (70), of Rosedale, Raheny; and David Byrne (45), of Old Brazil Way, Knocksedan, Swords, had all pleaded not guilty to robbing Mr Richardson and Securicor of €2.08m on March 14, 2005 and to the false imprisonment of the Richardson family at their home at Ashcroft, Raheny, on March 13 and 14, 2005.

This is the third time Niall Byrne was prosecuted at trial, with the other two trials ending with hung juries.

On Monday afternoon, the jury convicted Farrelly, Corcoran and David Byrne of five counts of robbery and false imprisonment of the four Richardsons.

Judge Greally remanded all four men into custody to appear before the court on June 5 next.

The State's case is that Niall Byrne, who worked for Securicor at the time of the 'tiger kidnap' robbery, was the "inside man" for the gang.

This trial, which began last January, was the fifth time the case went to trial. Farrelly and Corcoran and Jason Kavanagh, of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, were convicted and jailed in 2009 but were released in 2012 after the convictions were overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal.

Irish Independent

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