Sunday 18 August 2019

Boy in car boot: Teen (14) at centre of suspected abduction to be interviewed by specialist gardai

The entrance to Kippure Park in Finglas where Gardai recovered a 14 year old boy from the boot of a car. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The entrance to Kippure Park in Finglas where Gardai recovered a 14 year old boy from the boot of a car. Picture; Gerry Mooney
The entrance to Kippure Park in Finglas where Gardai recovered a 14 year old boy from the boot of a car. Picture; Gerry Mooney
A stock picture of the Garda badge logo (Niall Carson/PA)
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Gardai in Finglas investigating the suspected abduction of a 14-year-old boy are continuing to question a man in his 20s today.

The incident unfolded rapidly in the north Dublin suburb yesterday evening when armed gardai on routine patrol in the Fairlawn area spotted a car being driven erratically at 7.30pm.

The patrol followed the gold coloured Ford Focus as it drove from the estate in the Tolka Valley Park area of Finglas.

It turned into the nearby Kippure Park estate where Gardai spotted it being quickly abandoned in a cul de sac.

The four occupants fled the scene but Gardai arrested the driver not far away.

They then heard noises coming from the boot, and when they opened it found a 14-year-old boy inside.

Armed Gardai took him from the car and he is due to be interviewed today under age-appropriate circumstances. He appeared to by physically unharmed but frightened by the incident.

The Gardai who made the arrest are attached to the K District Community Action Team were on patrol in the Finglas area in relation to an ongoing violent feud between gangs in north and west Dublin.

It is not believed that the incident is related to the feud, but is possibly centred on a more local issue.

The man in his 20s arrested near Kippure Park is being questioned at Finglas garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act,  and Gardai are continuing to search for the other occupants of the car.

The investigation is ongoing.

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