Wednesday 23 October 2019

Abduction of Kevin Lunney 'most severe and savage' assault on Quinn Industrial Holdings executives - PSNI


Kevin Lunney
Kevin Lunney

David Young and Aine McMahon

The abduction of Kevin Lunney was the 'most severe and savage' assault on Quinn Industrial Holdings executives, the PSNI said this afternoon.

After a press conference in Enniskillen, PSNI Superintendent Clive Beatty said Mr Lunney was arriving home when his vehicle was rammed by another vehicle and disabled.

"Mr Lunney locked himself in the vehicle but four masked men appeared, smashed the windows of Mr Lunney's vehicles, forcibly removed him from the vehicle and bundled him into the boot of a black Audi saloon and drove him away from his home," he said.

"They drove for a period of time to an unknown location whereupon he was removed from the vehicle and savagely beaten about the body.

"He sustained severe and brutal injuries to his legs, torso and face. After this savage attack he was then bundled into another vehicle and driven for another short period of time and then he was dumped on the side of the road just outside Cavan to fend for himself with his severe injuries."

The officer said a passer-by found Mr Lunney and contacted the emergency services.

Mr Beatty said the incident was the "most severe and savage" of the recent series of attacks on the company and its executives.

"We are at a very early stage of our investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this time but this has been an ongoing situation in that area for some time, police are well aware of the complexities and difficulties that this has had however we are using all our force and might to bring to justice those people who are committing offences in that area and against this company," he said.

Temporary Superintendent Clive Beatty, who is the PSNI District Commander for Fermanagh and Omagh District
Photo credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Temporary Superintendent Clive Beatty, who is the PSNI District Commander for Fermanagh and Omagh District Photo credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The superintendent was challenged why the police had yet to make one arrest in relation to the attacks in recent years.

"There are a number of lines of enquiry still ongoing about crimes that have been committed over the last two years," said the officer.

"Those are still very much live investigations and I can't discuss any further on our actions on that."

He added: "This is the most severe and savage attack that has been to date at this particular company or area and we are keeping an open mind as to who or what is behind this."

Mr Beatty said there had been an additional police presence around the company's premises over the last two days, as a board of directors conference was being held.

He said Mr Lunney had been left with "life changing" injuries.

"We have briefly spoken to Mr Lunney, he was able to tell us some information but his injuries are severe and savage," said the officer.

"Although not life threatening, they will be definitely life changing and he is assisting us with the enquiry as much as he can."

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