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Man appears before Special Criminal Court over alleged false imprisonment and €59,000 blackmail

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A MAN has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with false imprisonment and blackmailing another man for £50,000 (€59,000).

Anthony Finglas (49), with an address in Warrenpoint, Co Down, appeared before the non-jury court this afternoon after being detained on foot of an arrest warrant earlier today.

The accused faces four charges of false imprisonment, robbery, assault causing harm and making an unwarranted demand with menace.

Det Sgt Padraig Boyce, of the Special Detective Unit, gave evidence of arresting Anthony Finglas at Castle Street, Trim, Co Meath, at 11.52am today.

He told the court that the accused was detained on foot of an arrest warrant issued on February 10.

The court heard that when Mr Finglas was cautioned by Det Sgt Boyce and the charges were put to him, he replied "Not guilty".

The accused is charged with the false imprisonment of Edward McAndrew at a property in Cornamuckla, Omeath, Co Louth, on December 2, 2017.

He is also charged with assault causing harm to Mr McAndrew as well as robbery of a set of car keys, £200 in cash, a wallet, a briefcase, two mobile phones and an Irish passport.

Mr Finglas faces a further charge of making an unwarranted demand with menace of £50,000 from Mr McAndrew at the same location on the same date.

An application for legal aid was also made with a solicitor for the accused saying he was in receipt of social welfare in Northern Ireland and provided a statement of means to the court.

The accused was remanded in custody to appear before the same court next Tuesday.

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