Wednesday 13 December 2017

Newspaper apologises to Tiger kidnapping victim

Shane Travers arriving at the Four Courts Photo: Collins Court
Shane Travers arriving at the Four Courts Photo: Collins Court

Tim Healy

A newspaper has apologised, and agreed to pay undisclosed damages, to a Bank of Ireland employee under a settlement of his legal action alleging defamation in an article concerning a €7.6m Tiger kidnapping.

The ‘Sunday World’ accepted Shane Travers was a “wholly innocent victim” of the kidnappers and subject to a “terrifying ordeal” when he and his then girlfriend Stephanie Smith’s family were apprehended by a violent criminal gang,

In High Court proceedings, Mr Travers (31), of Portmarnock, Co Dublin, sued Sunday Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the ‘Sunday World’, which denied it defamed him in the article of January 31, 2010.

It was headlined “€7.6m heist ‘was nothing to do with me’” with a sub-heading: “But gardai still convinced kidnap gang had inside info on bank stash”.

The article was published the following day after Mr Travers’ release without charge on January 30, 2010, after being questioned by gardai for 48 hours about the heist at the BOI cash centre, College Green, of February 26th/27, 2009.

However yesterday the case was settled and the newspaper apologised to Mr Travers and said it had agreed to pay him damages.

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