Monday 18 December 2017

Security man jailed for role in 'tiger' kidnapping

Sonya McLean

A former security worker who staged a 'tiger' kidnapping which involved his house mates being bound with cable ties and threatened at gunpoint has been given a eight-year sentence with two suspended.

Darryl Caffrey (35) of Cherrypark, Rivervalley, Swords, a former Chubb Ltd employee who had worked in the cash-in-transit vans for the company, provided information to a criminal gang both in relation to his employer and the personal details of the two men he shared a home with.

Caffrey is already serving a three-year sentence for a similar type of offence which was imposed on him last January after he admitted "to providing information concerning the operation of the business of Chubb Ireland Ltd" at Tesco, Shackleton Road, Celbridge on November 2, 2007.

He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of false imprisonment of Alan Molloy and Daniel Dobrescu and to committing an offence for a criminal organisation in that he attempted to steal €1.25m from Chubb Ltd between January 7 and 8, 2007.

Judge Katherine Delahunt described it as a "serious offence" with "sinister overtones".

Cruelty

"The cruelty of this attack on persons who were friends of yours is quite outstanding and one cannot feel anything but sympathy for your victims," the judge said.

She said there was nothing in Caffrey's history to indicate why he would get involved with "characters of this ilk", referring to the criminal gang that had not been known to him beforehand.

"A kidnapping and false imprisonment such as this cannot be tolerated at any level," the judge said before she sentenced Caffrey to the term, which is to be served concurrently to the one imposed in January.

The court heard that Caffrey was in the house himself when three masked raiders arrived. Mr Dobrescu, who had been awoken from his sleep by the intruders and dragged downstairs, believed that Caffrey was also a victim in the whole incident.

Mr Molloy returned home from work later that night and had a gun pointed at his head.

He was ordered to get on the ground before he was also tied up with cable ties but was struck with the butt of the gun when he did not get down immediately.

The court heard that Caffrey had wanted to make "easy money" and had been put into contact with the criminal gang.

Irish Independent

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