Sunday 21 January 2018

Newspaper apologises to victim of Tiger kidnapping

Shane Travers outside court yesterday Photo: Collins
Shane Travers outside court yesterday Photo: Collins

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 that Shane Travers was a "wholly innocent victim" of the kidnappers and subjected 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.

The article was headlined "€7.6m heist 'was nothing to do with me'", and accompanied by a sub-heading: "But gardaí still convinced kidnap gang had inside info on bank stash".

The article was published the day after Mr Travers was released without charge on January 30, 2010, after he had been questioned by gardaí for 48 hours about the heist at the Bank of Ireland cash centre, College Green, on February 26/27, 2009.

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

Irish Independent

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