Sunday 8 December 2019

McGuinness had three cigarettes and cup of tea before 'cardiac event', inquest hears

Cyril McGuinness
Cyril McGuinness

Josh Payne

Cyril 'Dublin Jimmy' McGuinness died from a suspected "cardiac event" after being handcuffed during his arrest, an inquest has heard.

The suspected mastermind of the abduction and torture of Quinn Executive Holdings executive Kevin Lunney was seen to smoke three cigarettes and drink a cup of tea while sitting on a sofa following his arrest at around 7am in the Buxton area of Derbyshire, England on November 8.

Chesterfield Coroner's Court was told yesterday that McGuinness, who "already had a diseased heart", collapsed 60-90 minutes later at the address on Rockfield Road and was pronounced dead at around 10am.

Police called an ambulance and attempted resuscitation but the 54-year-old died.

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The raid was part of a co-ordinated series of search operations, mainly focused on the Border area, linked to the brutal attack on Mr Lunney in September. Mr Lunney (50) was abducted outside his home near Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, and taken to a horsebox across the Border where he was tortured.

The opening of the inquest was told "no trauma" had led to McGuinness's death and it was likely that he died as a result of a cardiac event due to an "already diseased heart".

Giving evidence, Detective Sergeant Steve Simmons said the death was automatically referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Senior Coroner for Derby and Derbyshire Dr Robert Hunter told the officer it was his understanding McGuinness "was sat on the sofa and had three cigarettes and a cup of tea". The inquest was adjourned until the conclusion of the IOPC probe.

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