Sunday 22 April 2018

Kidnapped dad-of-three claims it was a 'road rage' incident

A MAN, who was assaulted and abducted by two men, has indicated to gardai that it was a "road rage" incident.

Richard O'Donovan (31) is now receiving treatment in Cavan General Hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident.

It is understood he has yet to co-operate with investigating gardai, and has not filed a complaint.

Concern surrounding the safety of the father-of-three grew last night after two men were seen assaulting and kidnapping Mr O'Donovan close to his home in Virginia, Co Cavan.

It's understood that two men an in an BMW X5 SUV lay in wait as Mr O'Donovan left a house in Swiftbrook Glen, in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Upon seeing both men, the father-of-three got into his BMW car and attempted to flee.

He got as far as the entrance into the estate when the SUV crashed into his BMW, forcing it mount a kerb. This morning, marks on the kerb and tyre marks in the grass were at the scene.

Witnesses then saw Mr O'Donovan get out of his car and flee across the green while being pursued by two men.

Richard O'Donovan
Richard O'Donovan
Richard O'Donovan was in touch with members of his family this morning, telling them he was safe and was going to Cavan General Hospital for treatment
The area at the entrance to the Swiftbrook Estate where Richard O'Donovan was bundled into a BMW X5
The area at the entrance to the Swiftbrook Estate where Richard O'Donovan was bundled into a BMW X5
Picture shows the scene where a ‘staged’ traffic crash occurred before the gang abducted Richard O'Donovan

The two men eventually caught up with him, assaulted him and dragged him back to their SUV, before placing him in the vehicle and driving off at approximately 3.30pm.

A massive search was mounted by gardai in a bid to locate Mr O'Donovan last night, and an appeal issued.

At 10am this morning, Mr O'Donovan contacted his family and told them he was safe before going to Cavan General Hospital.

It is understood that he is not co-operating with gardai, and has indicated that it was a road rage incident.

Gardai initially believed he had been kidnapped after falling foul of alleged associates of an organised crime gang involved in a spate of incidents in the West, the Midlands and part of the Border region.

But officers said this morning this was only one of a number of theories being pursued in relation to his disappearance.

Gardai believe he may have clashed with several people in recent weeks and all of those alleged incidents are now being examined as part of their inquiries.

Mr O'Donovan was badly beaten up after he was dragged from his SUV.

He was then bundled into the back of a BMW x5 SUV and driven away at speed.

Garda intelligence indicated that this vehicle had  been linked in the past to criminal activity.

By Tom Brady, Security Editor

Irish Independent

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