Friday 15 December 2017

Man charged over €660k tiger kidnap of family

Jonathan Gill
Jonathan Gill

BYELAINE KEOGH

A MAN has appeared in court charged in connection with the alleged abduction of a baby and the theft of more than €662,000.

Jonathan Gill made no reply when three charges of false imprisonment and one of robbing ¿662,125 were put to him.

The case relates to one of the most high-profile 'tiger kidnappings' to ever take place in Ireland.

An Post employee Warren Nawn (37), his partner Jean Marie Matthews (36) and their 10-week-old baby daughter Ella, were taken hostage at their home in Drogheda, Co Louth in August 2011. The nightmare lasted for 14 hours.

Yesterday a court heard that Gill, with an address on the Malahide Road in Dublin, was arrested at his home and brought to Drogheda garda station. The false imprisonment of the family is alleged to have taken place between August 1 and 2, 2011.

The robbery of the post office in Drogheda took place on August 2 2011.

Gda Sgt Fearghal O'Toole told Drogheda district court that when the four charges were put to him the accused made no reply.

Sgt O'Toole said he was applying for the accused to be remanded in custody to appear again in court next Tuesday.

Defence barrister Irene Sands told Judge Michael Coghlan "there is no application for bail at this time," but she anticipates bail will be applied for at next week's court appearance.

She also submitted a statement of means for the accused as part of an application for legal aid and Judge Coghlan said he was reserve a decision for the time being.

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