Man seen by Garda hours before he allegedly held couple and young baby hostage in tiger kidnapping
An alleged tiger kidnapper was spotted driving in north county Dublin in the hours before the offence by a surveillance garda, a jury has heard.
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 together 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 (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.
Today a garda with the National Surveillance Unit, who can't be named, said he was on Rathbeale Road in Swords on August 1, 2011 when he saw Mr Gill in front of a house. He said he also saw another man he recognised as Anton Singleton.
He told Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, that he also saw two males in a Silver Opel Corsa with the registration 10D4798.
He said he saw this car continue along the road to a junction where it stopped and was joined by an Silver Renault Clio with the registration 06D10959. He said this Clio was being driven by the accused.
The garda said the Corsa pulled in front of the Clio where it remained for two or three minutes before both drove off.
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Mr Gill's defence counsel, Sean Guerin SC, put it the guard that he was lying and asked him, “is there anything you wouldn’t do or say if you thought it might lead to a conviction in this case?”
Mr Heneghan said this was an outrageous question.
The garda told Mr Guerin that he didn't notice anything about the two men in a car on Rathbeale Road except that they were male and white. Counsel put it to him that he said in previous evidence that he couldn't recall what skin colour the men were.
Counsel asked the garda if he was looking at the men's faces or the backs of their heads. The witness said he couldn't recall. Counsel asked how he could tell the jury they were male and white when he couldn't even remember if he was looking at their faces or not.
“I just can,” the garda replied.
The trial continues before Judge Elma Sheahan and a jury of seven men and five women.