Friday 24 November 2017

Justice for family nine years after kidnapping

Paul Richardson with his wife, Marie.
Paul Richardson with his wife, Marie.

Declan Brennan

A family who were kidnapped by armed robbers nine years ago have said that the ordeal changed their lives forever.

Paul and Marie Richardson were speaking after one member of the kidnap gang received a sentence of 15 years imprisonment after a retrial.

Speaking outside the court Paul Richardson said the crime has left them with "ongoing stress and health issues".

He said: "There are others responsible and we look forward to them being brought to justice."

Jason Kavanagh (39) was jailed for 25 years in 2009 but was freed in June 2012 when the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed that conviction.

A retrial was ordered following an issue over a search warrant and Kavanagh was found guilty of false imprisonment and robbery.


Kavanagh of Corduff Avenue, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, was part of the gang which kidnapped the family of the Securicor worker during the robbery in March 2005.

The gang took Paul Richardson's wife and their two teenage sons into the Dublin Mountains and held them there at gunpoint overnight. Other gang members held Mr Richardson at the family home until the next morning when he was told to go to work and deliver company cash to a drop-off point.

Passing sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Martin Nolan said Kavanagh should be given credit for any time already spent in custody.

Kavanagh and three co-accused denied the charges of falsely imprisoning the Richardsons at Ashcroft, Raheny, Co Dublin, on the night of March 13 and 14, 2005 and robbery of €2.28m in cash from Paul Richardson and Securicor Security Services Ireland Ltd.

After a 50-day trial the jury failed to reach a majority verdict on the charges against Christopher Corcoran (66) of Bayside Boulevard North, Sutton and Mark Farrelly (42) of Moatview Court, Priorswood, Coolock. They found Alan Costello (50) of Cromcastle Road, Coolock not guilty of all charges.

Judge Nolan commended the "extreme fortitude" shown by the Richardson family.

Farrelly, Kavanagh and Corcoran were previously found guilty of the same charges in 2009. Judge Tony Hunt sentenced Corcoran to 12 years. He jailed the other two men for 25 years each.

The original trial lasted 66 days and was the longest criminal trial in Irish legal history.

Irish Independent

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