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'Quinn director would not have survived only for passer-by' - brother


Kevin Lunney. Picture: Lorraine Teevan

Kevin Lunney. Picture: Lorraine Teevan

Kevin Lunney. Picture: Lorraine Teevan

Kevin Lunney would have died following his abduction and torture if he wasn't spotted by a passer-by who helped him, his brother Tony said.

Tony Lunney spoke on RTÉ's 'Prime Time' last night, the first time since the brutal attack on his brother, Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) director Kevin Lunney, several weeks ago.

In an emotional account, Tony, who is a member of the QIH management team, said he received a call from a friend. "'There is something wrong down at Kevin's', he says. The jeep is halfway up the lane on fire, he says, and I can't get through to his mobile," he explained.

Tony ran out the door to Kevin's house and recalled the horrific moment he saw the car on fire and not knowing if his brother was in it or not.

"I ran up the lane and all I could see was Kevin's vehicle... I didn't know... It was just a complete ball of flames," he said. "You couldn't see anything of any resemblance of anything, it was just unbelievable, the fireball it was in. And then the fire brigade came and I went back down and said 'is there anyone in the vehicle?' and he confirmed there was no one in it."

After the vicious attack, Kevin was found at a crossroads in a secluded area by a farmer in a tractor. According to his brother, if it wasn't for the farmer, he wouldn't have survived the attack. "He dragged himself 100, 150 meters down to the crossroads and kind of up towards the light of the house," he said.

"That's where the lad on the tractor happened to see him just putting the hand up, he wasn't fit to stand, and that's what saved him. If he hadn't have been found, he definitely wouldn't have survived."

Tony said there had been intimidation against all senior executives at the company, assaults and harassment.

Irish Independent