Friday 27 April 2018

Men charged with €2.2m tiger kidnapping can be re-tried - Supreme Court

Men charged with €2.2m tiger kidnapping can be re-tried
Men charged with €2.2m tiger kidnapping can be re-tried

TWO men charged with a tiger kidnapping involving the robbery of €2.2m can be re-tried, the Supreme Court ruled.

David Byrne (42), of Old Brazil Way, Knocksedan, Swords, and Niall Byrne (32), of Crumlin Road Flats, Crumlin Road, both Dublin, are alleged to have been members of a gang that held Paul Richardson, a Securicor worker, and his family hostage as part of a raid in March 2005.

Both men pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning the Richardson family at Ashcroft, Raheny, Dublin, on 13 and 14 March, 2005 and to robbing Mr Richardson and Securicor of more than €2.2m on the same date.   The two accused are not related.

Following two lengthy trials, juries were discharged deadlocked after being unable to agree verdicts unanimously or by a majority of at least ten.

In a High Court ruling over whether there should be a third trial, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan said David Byrne should be re-tried while Niall Byrne should not.

Those decisions were appealed to a five-judge Supreme Court which Tuesday (Feb 17) said a third trial of both men should proceed.

Mr Justice Peter Charlton, with whom Chief Justice Susan Denham, Mr Justice Donal O'Donnell and Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne agreed, said the case faced by the two accused meets the criteria identified in the case law for permitting a third trial notwithstanding two prior jury disagreements and should not therefore be prohibited.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman, in a separate judgment, agreed with the High Court decision ruling there should  not be a re-trial of Niall Byrne and only the re-trial of David Byrne should proceed.

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